History YMMV / Matilda

23rd Aug '16 4:29:52 AM valar55
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** It is quite possible that the Trunchbull sees herself as a ''survivor'' of a [[CrapsackWorld harsh world]], and wishes to ''toughen up'' the children to ''do the same''. It is even possible that she wants to ''save them'' an ''even harsher'' BreakTheCutie, but severely overestimates the harshness of the outside world, and has become HeWhoFightsMonsters, delivering a far more harsh BreakTheCutie than anything else is likely to.
* AngstWhatAngst: Matilda is TheUnfavourite, stuck in a grade beneath her intellect, and faced with a cruel headmistress. In spite of this, she's a cheerful kid who is genuinely nice to everyone. One of the subtext points of the book. Matilda was in a crappy situation, more than one actually, but remained a good person throughout. She's more than a survivor, she's come through her ordeals wiser and still human. Even when she discovers her telekinetic powers, they're used only to punish the BigBad for good and not mistreat others as a bully. Matilda could have caused a nightmare like ''{{Literature/Carrie}}'', ''[[Film/{{Chronicle}} Andrew]]'', or even worse, ''[[Manga/ElfenLied Lucy]]'' (or ''Film/{{Lucy}}'', for that) with those powers, and yet luckily she didn't harm anyone.

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** It is quite possible that the Trunchbull sees herself as a ''survivor'' of a [[CrapsackWorld harsh world]], and wishes to ''toughen up'' up the children to ''do do the same''. It is even possible that she wants to ''save them'' an ''even harsher'' BreakTheCutie, but severely overestimates the harshness of the outside world, and has become HeWhoFightsMonsters, delivering a far more harsh BreakTheCutie than anything else is likely to.
* AngstWhatAngst: Matilda is TheUnfavourite, stuck in a grade beneath her intellect, and faced with a cruel headmistress. In spite of this, she's a cheerful kid who is genuinely nice to everyone. One of the subtext points of the book. book: Matilda was in a crappy situation, more than one actually, but remained a good person throughout. She's more than a survivor, she's come through her ordeals wiser and still human. Even when she discovers her telekinetic powers, they're used only to punish the BigBad for good and not mistreat others as a bully. Matilda could have caused a nightmare like ''{{Literature/Carrie}}'', ''[[Film/{{Chronicle}} Andrew]]'', or even worse, ''[[Manga/ElfenLied Lucy]]'' (or ''Film/{{Lucy}}'', the other''Film/{{Lucy}}'', for that) that matter) with those powers, and yet luckily she didn't harm anyone.
23rd Aug '16 4:11:39 AM ClatoLawa
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* CrossesTheLineTwice: The Trunchbull giving Lavender a long and obviously made-up word to spell, under threat of being put in the Chokey? Not funny. Warning her that it has silent letters? ''Hilarious.''
1st May '16 5:34:47 PM FlapjackMax
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* AngstWhatAngst: Matilda is TheUnfavourite, stuck in a grade beneath her intellect, and faced with a cruel headmistress. In spite of this, she's a cheerful kid who is genuinely nice to everyone. One of the subtext points of the book. Matilda was in a crappy situation, more than one actually, but remained a good person throughout. She's more than a survivor, she's come through her ordeals wiser and still human. Even when she discovers her telekinetic powers, they're used only to punish the BigBad for good and not mistreat others as a bully. Matilda could have caused a nightmare like ''{{Literature/Carrie}}'' or, even worse, ''[[Manga/ElfenLied Lucy]]'' (or ''Film/{{Lucy}}'', for that) with those powers, and yet luckily she didn't harm anyone.

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* AngstWhatAngst: Matilda is TheUnfavourite, stuck in a grade beneath her intellect, and faced with a cruel headmistress. In spite of this, she's a cheerful kid who is genuinely nice to everyone. One of the subtext points of the book. Matilda was in a crappy situation, more than one actually, but remained a good person throughout. She's more than a survivor, she's come through her ordeals wiser and still human. Even when she discovers her telekinetic powers, they're used only to punish the BigBad for good and not mistreat others as a bully. Matilda could have caused a nightmare like ''{{Literature/Carrie}}'' or, ''{{Literature/Carrie}}'', ''[[Film/{{Chronicle}} Andrew]]'', or even worse, ''[[Manga/ElfenLied Lucy]]'' (or ''Film/{{Lucy}}'', for that) with those powers, and yet luckily she didn't harm anyone.
20th Feb '16 5:48:14 PM MyFinalEdits
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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Michael Wormwood in the film. We're meant to see him as an unsympathetic {{Jerkass}} since he's downright nasty to his sister and participates in his parents' dirty dealings. But, before we judge the poor kid, we ought to consider that Harry and Zinnia have probably ''conditioned'' their son to be this way, meaning there's FridgeBrilliance: Michael has figured out that by conforming to his parents' lifestyle rather than rejecting it like Matilda does, he won't be picked on. Matilda is exceptionally brave and intelligent; she can stand on her own and doesn't need her parents' approval to be fulfilled. Michael is neither brave nor intelligent enough to resist the pressure to become a mean, lazy, TV-watching Wormwood.

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Michael Wormwood in the film. We're He's meant to see him be seen as an unsympathetic {{Jerkass}} since he's downright nasty to his sister and participates in his parents' dirty dealings. But, before we judge the poor kid, we ought to consider that But Harry and Zinnia have probably likely ''conditioned'' their son to be this way, meaning there's FridgeBrilliance: Michael has figured out that by conforming to his parents' lifestyle rather than rejecting it like Matilda does, he won't be picked on. Matilda is exceptionally brave and intelligent; she can stand on her own and doesn't need her parents' approval to be fulfilled. Michael is neither brave nor intelligent enough to resist the pressure to become a mean, lazy, TV-watching Wormwood.



* SacredCow: Fans of this movie ''really'' don't like people speaking ill of it.
** Case and point: Creator/DougWalker was going to actually review it as a [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic Nostalgic Critic review]]. He ended up cancelling it because ''the amount of negativity he received'' because of the sheer thought of him picking the movie apart caused him to cancel the review.

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* SacredCow: Fans of this movie ''really'' don't like people speaking ill of it.
** Case and point:
it. Creator/DougWalker was going to actually review it as a [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic Nostalgic Critic review]]. He ended up cancelling it because ''the amount of negativity he received'' because of due to the sheer thought of him picking the movie apart caused him to cancel the review.
20th Feb '16 1:15:20 AM BronyoftheOctaves
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** There's a small group of people who believe Zinnia, while a neglectful parent, actually ''does'' care for Matilda, especially in the end when she lets her be adopted by Miss Honey. There's a possibility that, like Michael, he is just forced into the negative lifestyle of Mr. Wormwood and considering how she signs the papers to let her daughter live a happy life, this could help her image.
20th Feb '16 1:12:19 AM BronyoftheOctaves
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** Case and point: Creator/DougWalker was going to actually review it as a [[WebVideo/TheNostalgia Critic Nostalgic Critic review]]. He ended up cancelling it because ''the amount of negativity he received'' because of the sheer thought of him picking the movie apart caused him to cancel the review.

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** Case and point: Creator/DougWalker was going to actually review it as a [[WebVideo/TheNostalgia Critic [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic Nostalgic Critic review]]. He ended up cancelling it because ''the amount of negativity he received'' because of the sheer thought of him picking the movie apart caused him to cancel the review.
20th Feb '16 1:12:06 AM BronyoftheOctaves
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** Case and point: Creator/DougWalker was going to actually review it as a [[WebVideo/TheNostalgia Critic Nostalgic Critic review]]. He ended up cancelling it because ''the amount of negativity he received'' because of the sheer thought of him picking the movie apart caused him to cancel the review.
13th Feb '16 8:02:05 AM emeriin
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* SacredCow: Fans of this movie ''really'' don't like people speaking ill of it. WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic learned that the hard way.

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* SacredCow: Fans of this movie ''really'' don't like people speaking ill of it. WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic learned that the hard way.
13th Feb '16 7:54:58 AM Silverblade2
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* FunnyAneurysmMoment: The Wormwoods ''are'' supposed to be portrayed as incompetent and neglectful parents for laughs, but leaving baby Matilda in the car when they get home can leave a sour taste in the mouths of those who remember the rash of deaths caused by parents leaving their children locked in cars in 2014.



* HarsherInHindsight: The Wormwoods ''are'' supposed to be portrayed as incompetent and neglectful parents for laughs, but leaving baby Matilda in the car when they get home can leave a sour taste in the mouths of those who remember the rash of deaths caused by parents leaving their children locked in cars in 2014.
7th Jan '16 1:48:05 PM catriona176
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* EnsembleDarkHorse: Subverted, whilst all Matildas are reasonably praised, [[BroadwayAndTheWestEnd West End]] Matildas Sophia and Eleanor are the most popular seemingly.

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* EnsembleDarkHorse: Subverted, whilst all Matildas are reasonably praised, [[BroadwayAndTheWestEnd [[UsefulNotes/BroadwayAndTheWestEnd West End]] Matildas Sophia and Eleanor are the most popular seemingly.
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