History Film / Matilda

4th Jun '16 3:33:07 PM MisterApple
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* VileVillainSaccharineShow: An adorable, heartwarming story about a little girl with magic powers. And the insane Mrs. Trunchbull who murdered her brother, stole his daughter's inheritance, abused her for years (even going so far as to break her arm), then, while living in her murdered brother's house, terrorizes an entire school of children with some very cruel punishments (The Chockey, throwing them, you know normal school punishments).

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* VileVillainSaccharineShow: An adorable, heartwarming story about a little girl with magic powers. And the insane Mrs. Trunchbull who murdered her brother, stole his daughter's inheritance, abused her for years (even going so far as to break her arm), then, while living in her murdered brother's house, terrorizes an entire school of children with some very cruel punishments (The Chockey, Chokey, throwing them, you know normal school punishments).
29th Apr '16 8:32:18 PM MyFinalEdits
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** Right after the WhamLine, the kids gasp. Miss Trunchbull gives us this gem:

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** Right after the WhamLine, the kids gasp. Miss Trunchbull gives us this gem:says:



* NarratingTheObvious: The narrator often explained what was happening on screen, even things that are blatantly obvious. The biggest offender is when Matilda goes to school for the first time and the camera shows us the school; he explains that the school was a building with children.

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* NarratingTheObvious: The narrator often explained what was happening on screen, even things that are blatantly obvious. The biggest offender is when Matilda goes to school for the first time and the camera shows us the school; he explains that the school was a building with children.
29th Apr '16 7:45:50 PM billybobfred
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* {{Gaslighting}}: Matilda does this to the Trunchbull with her powers, giving her the impression she's being haunted by Magnus. Also shows the potential pitfalls to doing this -- when the Trunchbull finds Matilda's hair ribbon on her property, she immediately deduces that the entire event was her doing, and not a genuine haunting. [[spoiler:But she doesn't realize that it was done with PsychicPowers, allowing Matilda to pull it off again ''right in front of her'' at the climax of the film.]]
29th Apr '16 7:36:16 PM billybobfred
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* WhamLine: Two right in a row, the second being an in-universe example.[[note]]TheReveal for the viewers' benefit had already happened a while ago.[[/note]]

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* WhamLine: Two right in a row, the second being an in-universe example.[[note]]TheReveal for the viewers' benefit had already happened a while ago.[[/note]]InternalReveal.
23rd Apr '16 10:10:08 PM sparkles38
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* ForceFeeding: Involves a overweight kid who is forced to eat chocolate cake, as punishment for supposedly stealing Miss Trunchbull's cake, while the whole school watches. In other words, he is not allowed to stop eating until he has finished the ''whole'' cake, and it's HUGE too (18 inches in diameter). [[NauseaFuel Even if he gets sick, he has to keep eating.]] [[spoiler: It's made even worse by the fact that the cook is uncleanly and lets her blood and sweat get inside food.]]

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* ForceFeeding: Involves a overweight kid who is forced to eat chocolate cake, as punishment for supposedly stealing Miss Trunchbull's cake, while the whole school watches. In other words, he is not allowed to stop eating until he has finished the ''whole'' cake, and it's HUGE too (18 inches in diameter). [[NauseaFuel Even if he gets sick, he has to keep eating.]] [[spoiler: It's made even worse by the fact that the cook is uncleanly and always lets her blood and sweat get inside food.]]
23rd Apr '16 10:06:10 PM sparkles38
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* ForceFeeding: Involves a overweight kid who is forced to eat chocolate cake, as punishment for supposedly stealing Miss Trunchbull's cake, while the whole school watches. In other words, he is not allowed to stop eating until he has finished the ''whole'' cake, and it's HUGE too (18 inches in diameter). [[NauseaFuel Even if he gets sick, he has to keep eating.]] [[spoiler: It's made even worse by the fact that the cook put her blood and sweat inside it.]]

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* ForceFeeding: Involves a overweight kid who is forced to eat chocolate cake, as punishment for supposedly stealing Miss Trunchbull's cake, while the whole school watches. In other words, he is not allowed to stop eating until he has finished the ''whole'' cake, and it's HUGE too (18 inches in diameter). [[NauseaFuel Even if he gets sick, he has to keep eating.]] [[spoiler: It's made even worse by the fact that the cook put is uncleanly and lets her blood and sweat get inside it.food.]]
23rd Apr '16 9:58:18 PM sparkles38
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* {{Adorkable}}: After realizing The Trunchbull murdered Miss Honey's father she immediately gets distracted by her old doll.

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* {{Adorkable}}: After realizing The Trunchbull murdered Miss Honey's father she Matilda immediately gets distracted by her old doll.
23rd Apr '16 9:56:12 PM sparkles38
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* ForceFeeding: Involves a overweight kid who is forced to eat chocolate cake, as punishment for supposedly stealing Miss Trunchbull's cake, while the whole school watches. In other words, he is not allowed to stop eating until he has finished the ''whole'' cake, and it's HUGE too (18 inches in diameter). [[NauseaFuel Even if he gets sick, he has to keep eating.]]

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* ForceFeeding: Involves a overweight kid who is forced to eat chocolate cake, as punishment for supposedly stealing Miss Trunchbull's cake, while the whole school watches. In other words, he is not allowed to stop eating until he has finished the ''whole'' cake, and it's HUGE too (18 inches in diameter). [[NauseaFuel Even if he gets sick, he has to keep eating.]] [[spoiler: It's made even worse by the fact that the cook put her blood and sweat inside it.]]


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** Reversed in one scene where it will go over most people's heads except children that the cooks' blood and sweat was added in the cake.
23rd Apr '16 9:51:09 PM sparkles38
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* {{Adorkable}}: After realizing The Trunchbull murdered Miss Honey's father she immediately gets distracted by her old doll.


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* DoubleEntendre: After ordering the cook to bring in chocolate cake for Brucey, The Trunchbull says her blood and sweat went into it as she wipes her arm on her nose and some students make disgusted faces, implying that she secretly meant it in a literal sense.
23rd Apr '16 1:45:50 PM Jayalaw
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** Confirmed in the book, where Trunchbull flat-out explains that she intentionally designs her punishments to "go the whole hog" instead of doing things by "halves," that way, parents would assume that children were making it up.

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** Confirmed in the book, where Trunchbull Matilda flat-out explains that she intentionally designs her punishments to "go the whole hog" instead of doing things by "halves," that way, parents would assume that children were making it up.



* AloneWithThePsycho:
** Miss Honey and Matilda with Miss Trunchbull when the latter nearly catches them in her house. To drive the point home, Miss Trunchbull breaks a chandelier and rips chains off to get to them.
** The roles get reversed when Matilda visits Miss Trunchbull's house and terrorizes her by messing with the clocks and the lights, scattering papers, and tossing her painting into the fire, all the while stealing back Lissey doll and two chocolates.



* BrainCriticalMass: Profoundly gifted kids the world over ''wish'' that being bored out of your mind and forced to tolerate the idiocy and cruelty of everyone around you gave you PsychicPowers. In the book, [[spoiler:Matilda's telekenetic powers go away when she finally gets put in the upper grades]]; in the movie, [[spoiler:the narrator explains that because of Matilda's new, happier life, she no longer uses her psychic powers -- unless it's for trivial things, like getting books off the shelf]].

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* BrainCriticalMass: Profoundly gifted kids the world over ''wish'' that being bored out of your mind and forced to tolerate the idiocy and cruelty of everyone around you gave you PsychicPowers. In the book, [[spoiler:Matilda's telekenetic telekinetic powers go away when she finally gets put in the upper grades]]; in the movie, [[spoiler:the narrator explains that because of Matilda's new, happier life, she no longer uses her psychic powers -- unless it's for trivial things, like getting books off the shelf]].shelf]].
* BullyingADragon: Any person that messes with Matilda, before and after she gets her powers. Case in point:
** Her father lecturing her for being a "smart aleck" leads to her stealthily dyeing his hair platinum blond. His BecauseISaidSo leads to her sneaking superglue into his hat, and his tearing up her library book leads to her destroying the tv set.
** Miss Trunchbull trying to punish Matilda for the newt leads to Matilda tipping the glass over with her eyes and forcing the newt onto Trunchbull's suit. HilarityEnsues.
** The FBI agents attempt to bully her into testifying against her father [[spoiler: when she catches them snooping in the garage without a search warrant.]] She not only causes their car to run loose but also steals the tape that was critical evidence against her father.
** Michael tosses a carrot at her out of spite, a day after she has practiced her powers. She freezes it in mid-air and [[PokeThePoodle sends it back into his open mouth]].



* CassandraTruth: The Trunchbull deliberately uses such outlandishly cruel punishments because any parent [[RefugeInAudacity would assume a child was making them up.]]

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* CassandraTruth: CassandraTruth:
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The Trunchbull deliberately uses such outlandishly cruel punishments because any parent [[RefugeInAudacity would assume a child was making them up.]]]] Matilda does mention a few of these punishments to her parents, but they're either not paying attention or don't believe her.
** Matilda also tells her parents that cops are watching the house. Although Mr. Wormwood mentions that "there are no lakes around here," he and Mrs. Wormwood believe that the FBI agents are speedboat salesmen.



* DeathGlare: Agent Bill tosses one to Matilda when posing as a speedboat salesman in front of her mother and she says he and his partner are cops.



* FreeRangeChildren: Matilda has been walking herself to the library ever since she was four, and when she goes to terrorize the Trunchbull her parents don't even notice that she's leaving during the evening. This is intentional, to show how neglectful they are.



* HairTriggerTemper: Miss Trunchbull.

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* HairTriggerTemper: Miss Trunchbull.Trunchbull, as one boy Julius found out after eating two M&Ms in class.


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* HappilyMarried: Oddly enough, Mr. and Mrs. Wormwood. Although she and he have occasional spats and she is a GoldDigger TrophyWife, they manage to make up within a matter of hours or days. It's one of their few redeeming qualities.
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