Danny DeVito is a good choice to bring Roald Dahl's book "Matilda" (1996) to the screen. They seem to be kindred spirits, with similar sensibilities for dark comedy built around those moments in life when horrible and unexplainable things happen. Matildahas the bad luck to be born to the neglectful Wormwoods, who discourage her love of books. Then, she is sent to a Dickensian school run by the monstrous Miss Trunchbill. But Matilda turns tragedy to triumph with the help of the compassionate teacher MissHoney and her own special telekinetic gifts.