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Pop of Culture: Matilda

Rin Ryu
In this weekly blog, staff reporter Lilian Johnson talks about everything pop culture.

Last week I watched Matilda for the first time. I was home alone one night after school and figured I would put on a movie in the background as I went along my night. Matilda was trending on Netflix. It was #7 in the U.S. I ended up sitting on the couch through the whole thing.

Matilda is based on a book by Roald Dahl. It’s about a super bright little girl who happened to have awful neglectful parents. She’s an avid reader at a very young age and discovers she has telekinetic powers. She goes to a school with a terrible abusive headmistress, Trunchbull, but a wonderful teacher, Miss Honey. With the help of her telekinesis and Miss Honey, Matilda fights against her parents and Trunchbull and lives happily ever after.

Roald Dahl’s writing has been known to be a bit disturbing and controversial, especially for its juvenile audience. I remember reading and enjoying Dahl’s books like “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “James and the Giant Peach” as a little kid. Of course, at the time I didn’t notice anything, but looking back now I notice some questionable references. For example, I find it strange that Willy Wonka from “Charlie and the Factory” imported a group of human-like creatures from a jungle to work in his factory and be paid with nothing but chocolate.

Overlooking Dahl’s controversy, his stories are always heartwarming and entertaining. His books have been enjoyed by all ages for decades with several movie adaptations. In fact, Wonka, a new adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, starring Timothée Chalamet comes out Dec. 15.

Matilda is the perfect movie to watch to welcome the fall season for the cozy and nostalgic feelings it evokes. It’s a feel good movie for those of all ages.

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Lilian Johnson
Lilian Johnson, Sports Reporter
Lilian Johnson is a sophomore and in her first year with Wingspan. She is on the Varsity basketball team and is a part of several clubs. In her free time, Lilian enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with her sister. Contact Lilian:
Rin Ryu
Rin Ryu, Editor-in-Chief
Rin Ryu is a senior entering her third year of Wingspan. Her favorite things include journaling, listening to music, and tigers. In the future, she hopes to pursue a career path in political science. Rin is excited to be one of the Editor-in-Chiefs and looks forward to what is to come this year! Contact Rin:

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