Zany, wacky kid fodder from the mid '90s. Adapted from a Roald Dahl book with just a little dash of modernization, it's technically faithful but spiritually thin. Director (and supporting star) Danny DeVito, never particularly known for his nuance, seems dedicated to reenacting every last one of the silly, cheesy moments but whiffs on the book's heartier aspects. In his defense, that does seem to be a difficult target to hit, as many of Dahl's other works have been failed similarly. Garishly colorful, with an over-active wardrobe and ridiculous effects work, it's precisely the kind of movie you'll want to throw on for the youngsters before leaving the room.