History YMMV / Matilda

20th May '17 5:12:38 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* EvilIsCool: As rotten as the Trunchbull is, she's pretty {{Badass}}. She's a former Olympic athlete who's still in good enough shape to lift a car up and turn it around, can sense when someone's inside her house and is very able to nearly catch them. Pam Ferris also makes her a rather entertaining {{Troll}}.

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* EvilIsCool: As rotten as the Trunchbull is, she's pretty {{Badass}}.badass. She's a former Olympic athlete who's still in good enough shape to lift a car up and turn it around, can sense when someone's inside her house and is very able to nearly catch them. Pam Ferris also makes her a rather entertaining {{Troll}}.
20th May '17 4:17:33 AM fearlessnikki
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* CounterpartComparison: Matilda Wormwood is often thought of as a good version of {{Literature/Carrie}} White. Both are girls that come from abusive homes and develop telekinetic powers. They use their powers to punish their tormentors, but Carrie ends up destroying her entire town while Matilda protects her friends from evildoers.



* ValuesDissonance: Agatha Trunchbull's abuse of children, even by both by 1988 [[note]]book's release[[/note]] and 1996 [[note]] film's release[[/note]] standards, wouldn't be acceptable at all and social services would've been on her case on but none of the children could find a way to report since their parents wouldn't believe them... at the time. Nowadays, parents would get suspicious and many children would have [[TechnologyMarchesOn a smart-phone to record]] their proof. In fact, with anti-bullying laws and social media, Trunchbull would've been caught on the spot and the Wormwood family would have to deal with Social Services. It's worth noting, though, that the book is based on Roald Dahl's memories of [[BoardingSchoolOfHorrors his own boarding school]], where corporal punishment (or more creative ones like eating soap flakes) could be administered for any offense as small as snoring or breaking a pen nib.

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* ValuesDissonance: Agatha Trunchbull's abuse of children, even by both by 1988 [[note]]book's release[[/note]] and 1996 [[note]] film's release[[/note]] standards, wouldn't be acceptable at all and social services would've been on her case on but none of the children could find a way to report since their parents wouldn't believe them... at the time. Nowadays, parents would get suspicious and many children would have [[TechnologyMarchesOn a smart-phone to record]] their proof. In fact, with anti-bullying laws and social media, Trunchbull would've been caught on the spot and the Wormwood family would have to deal with Social Services. It's worth noting, though, that the book is based on Roald Dahl's memories of [[BoardingSchoolOfHorrors his own boarding school]], where corporal punishment (or more creative ones like eating soap flakes) could be administered for any offense as small as snoring or breaking a pen nib. The Trunchbull is also based on his daughter Liccy's headmistress, who had a fondness for elaborate punishments.



* EvilIsCool: As rotten as the Trunchbull is, she's pretty {{Badass}}. She's a former Olympic athlete who's still in good enough shape to lift a car up and turn it around, can sense when someone's inside her house and is very able to nearly catch them. Pam Ferris also makes her a rather entertaining {{Troll}}.



* HeartwarmingInHindsight:
** Matilda ends up HappilyAdopted by the end. Although Mara Wilson's mother tragically passed away during filming, her father later remarried and she has a very close relationship with her stepmother.
** One that Mara outlined in her autobiography. She discovered that she had OCD in her teen years after reading a book called ''Kissing Doorknobs'' - about a girl with OCD and she saw the similarities. She later found out that the author of the book was actually the mother of her co-star in this - Kira Spencer Hesser, who played Hortensia.



* NoYay: Mara Wilson had this reaction to discovering that there is Matilda and Miss Honey slash fiction out there.
--> "This is Dahl, not [[{{Literature/Lolita}} Nabokov]]!"



* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: The film has a bunch of kids getting hammer-tossed out of windows, first-graders getting packed into a closet with rusty nails and adults downright insulting childrens' intelligence and calling them hurtful names. Then again this is Creator/RoaldDahl we're talking about. On the upside, the abuse isn't that severe and the protagonist does win in the end. On top of that, it's a family film, so the violence is mainly for the adults, no matter how cruel it may seem.

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* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: The film has a bunch of kids getting hammer-tossed out of windows, first-graders getting packed into a closet with rusty nails and adults downright insulting childrens' children's intelligence and calling them hurtful names. Then again this is Creator/RoaldDahl we're talking about. On the upside, the abuse isn't that severe and the protagonist does win in the end. On top of that, it's a family film, so the violence is mainly for the adults, no matter how cruel it may seem.
21st Apr '17 10:11:31 AM PaulA
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* HilariousInHindsight: Julius Rottwinkle tries to sneak-eat sweets without the Trunchbull's detection. In one hand [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Film/TheMatrix he holds a red M&M, in the other he holds a blue M&M]]. He cannot decide which to take. [[TakeAThirdOption He chooses both]], and is literally ''[[GetOut ejected from the movie]]'' by the Trunchbull.

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* HilariousInHindsight: Julius Rottwinkle tries to sneak-eat sweets without the Trunchbull's detection. In one hand [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Film/TheMatrix [[Film/TheMatrix he holds a red M&M, in the other he holds a blue M&M]]. He cannot decide which to take. [[TakeAThirdOption He chooses both]], and is literally ''[[GetOut ejected from the movie]]'' by the Trunchbull.
5th Apr '17 2:53:31 PM NWolfman
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* SacredCow: Fans of this movie ''really'' don't like people speaking ill of 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'' due to 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. Creator/DougWalker learned this the hard way when he was going to actually review it as bombarded with messages from fans begging or even demanding that he not do a [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic Nostalgic Critic review]]. He ended up cancelling it because ''the amount of negativity he received'' due to review]] (this, for the sheer thought of him picking the movie apart caused him to cancel the review.record, is why he stopped posting upcoming reviews).
5th Mar '17 2:14:08 PM ACW
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* CompleteMonster: [[ChildHater Child-hating]] Headmistress Agatha Trunchbull, the ultimate SadistTeacher. Shying away from illegal caning, she resorts to even worse measures [[RefugeInAudacity that parents are more likely to dismiss as wild stories]]. Some of these measures involve throwing children vast distances, including [[DestinationDefenestration out of high windows]], and putting them in a torture chamber called "the Chokey"; all of which nearly kill the children involved. It's also hinted that she killed her brother-in-law to get his estate and that she abused his daughter.
--> '''Trunchbull''': I broke your arm once, I can do it again, [[spoiler: Jenny]].
-->'''[[spoiler: Ms. Honey]]''': I am ''not'' [[WouldHurtAChild seven years old]] anymore, [[spoiler:Aunt Trunchbull]]!

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* CompleteMonster: [[ChildHater Child-hating]] Headmistress Agatha Trunchbull, [[TheDreaded Agatha]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Trunchbull]] is the ultimate SadistTeacher. [[DeanBitterman headmistress]] of Crunchem Hall Primary School [[note]]or Crunchem Hall Elementary School in the film adaptation[[/note]] who rules the school with an iron fist. Shying away from illegal caning, she resorts to even worse measures the Trunchbull opts for more torturous methods [[RefugeInAudacity that easily dismissed by parents are more likely to dismiss as wild stories]]. Some of these measures involve throwing children vast distances, including [[DestinationDefenestration out of high windows]], and putting them in a torture chamber called "the Chokey"; all of which nearly kill A ChildHater extraordinaire, the Trunchbull subjects the children involved. It's also hinted that she killed to [[WouldHurtAChild near-fatal]] punishments, her favorite being "the Chokey"--a refurnished cupboard laced with broken glass and nails. Out of greed, the Trunchbull possibly murdered her brother-in-law to get his estate for the inheritance [[note]][[https://www.timeout.com/london/theatre/dennis-kellys-cruelest-creations confirmed]] by [[WordOfGod Dahl's widow]][[/note]], and that [[DomesticAbuse violently abused]] her [[EvilAunt niece]], Jennifer Honey, breaking her arm in a spur of rage. Unrepentant, the Trunchbull threatens to break Miss Honey's arm again when she abused his daughter.
--> '''Trunchbull''': I broke your arm once, I can do it again, [[spoiler: Jenny]].
-->'''[[spoiler: Ms. Honey]]''': I am ''not'' [[WouldHurtAChild seven years old]] anymore, [[spoiler:Aunt Trunchbull]]!
stands up to her. A psychotic disciplinarian who prides herself with never having a childhood, the Trunchbull set the standard for {{sadistic teacher}}s everywhere.
11th Feb '17 9:29:58 PM Yalsaris63
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** "Horrible things children, glad I never was one!"

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** "Horrible things children, glad "They're all mistakes, children. Filthy, nasty things. Glad I never was one!"


Added DiffLines:

** "In this classroom, in this school... ''I AM GOD!!''"
6th Feb '17 8:38:39 AM MyFinalEdits
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* CompleteMonster: [[ChildHater Child-hating]] [[DeanBitterman Headmistress]] [[WouldHurtAChild Agatha]] [[BrawnHilda Trunchbull]], the ultimate SadistTeacher. Shying away from illegal caning, she resorts to even worse measures [[RefugeInAudacity that parents are more likely to dismiss as wild stories]]. Some of these measures involve throwing children vast distances, including [[DestinationDefenestration out of high windows]], and putting them in a torture chamber called "the Chokey"; all of which nearly kill the children involved. It's also hinted that she killed her brother-in-law to get his estate and that she abused his daughter.

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* CompleteMonster: [[ChildHater Child-hating]] [[DeanBitterman Headmistress]] [[WouldHurtAChild Agatha]] [[BrawnHilda Trunchbull]], Headmistress Agatha Trunchbull, the ultimate SadistTeacher. Shying away from illegal caning, she resorts to even worse measures [[RefugeInAudacity that parents are more likely to dismiss as wild stories]]. Some of these measures involve throwing children vast distances, including [[DestinationDefenestration out of high windows]], and putting them in a torture chamber called "the Chokey"; all of which nearly kill the children involved. It's also hinted that she killed her brother-in-law to get his estate and that she abused his daughter.
6th Feb '17 7:30:56 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* CompleteMonster: [[ChildHater Child-hating]] Headmistress [[WouldHurtAChild Agatha]] [[BrawnHilda Trunchbull]], the ultimate SadistTeacher. Shying away from illegal caning, she resorts to even worse measures [[RefugeInAudacity that parents are more likely to dismiss as wild stories]]. Some of these measures involve throwing children vast distances, including [[DestinationDefenestration out of high windows]], and putting them in a torture chamber called "the Chokey"; all of which nearly kill the children involved. It's also hinted that she killed her brother-in-law to get his estate and that she abused his daughter.

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* CompleteMonster: [[ChildHater Child-hating]] Headmistress [[DeanBitterman Headmistress]] [[WouldHurtAChild Agatha]] [[BrawnHilda Trunchbull]], the ultimate SadistTeacher. Shying away from illegal caning, she resorts to even worse measures [[RefugeInAudacity that parents are more likely to dismiss as wild stories]]. Some of these measures involve throwing children vast distances, including [[DestinationDefenestration out of high windows]], and putting them in a torture chamber called "the Chokey"; all of which nearly kill the children involved. It's also hinted that she killed her brother-in-law to get his estate and that she abused his daughter.
26th Jan '17 9:07:25 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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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}}, [[Film/RevengeOfTheSith Anakin]], [[Film/{{Chronicle}} Andrew]], Lucy ([[Manga/ElfenLied either]] [[Film/{{Lucy}} one]]), or [[Film/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem Credence]] 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}}, [[Film/RevengeOfTheSith Anakin]], [[Film/{{Chronicle}} Andrew]], [[Film/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem Credence]], or Lucy ([[Manga/ElfenLied either]] [[Film/{{Lucy}} one]]), or [[Film/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem Credence]] one]]) with those powers, and yet luckily she didn't harm anyone.
26th Jan '17 8:58:17 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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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}}, [[Film/RevengeOfTheSith Anakin]], [[Film/{{Chronicle}} Andrew]], [[Manga/ElfenLied Lucy]] (or the other Film/{{Lucy}}), or [[Film/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem Credence]] 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}}, [[Film/RevengeOfTheSith Anakin]], [[Film/{{Chronicle}} Andrew]], [[Manga/ElfenLied Lucy]] (or the other Film/{{Lucy}}), Lucy ([[Manga/ElfenLied either]] [[Film/{{Lucy}} one]]), or [[Film/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem Credence]] with those powers, and yet luckily she didn't harm anyone.
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