Freeform, the channel that will always be known as ABC Family, has been showing Matilda almost every week; as if I need another reminder that I’m getting old. The last time it came on, I sat there watching it (feeling all nostalgic and what not) waiting for the scene where she makes pancakes. In my bout of nostalgia, I began to see “The Trunchbull” in a different light. Usually I chant along with the kids as they smash the cake in her face, but this time I was like hold up!
Sure, she was the complete antithesis of Mary Poppins, locking kids in closets and threatening their little lives, but underneath that tough exterior was a woman named Agatha, who desperately needed love. I began to think – what if Magnus led her on? What if he told her he loved her and he wanted to build a life with her, then reneged on the whole thing and went and married her sister? There’s no telling how many times she’d had her heart broken. I don’t believe she was always a terrible person. I really want to know what happened to Agatha before she became “The Trunchbull.”
I continued to observe Agatha Trunchbull and an interesting thought popped into my head – maybe she’s just trying to teach the kids life lessons? She taught them, in a very odd way, that life is f–king hard. It isn’t always colorful, with rainbows and butterflies, sometimes it’s dull, miserable, and you’ll feel like you’re locked in the chokey (especially when you’re paying Sallie Mae/Navient back those student loans). To me, it seemed like she was teaching the kids that you’re going to need structure and discipline, and she hired Ms. Honey and similar teachers to offset her harshness.
I know what you’re gonna say, “Matilda had a hard life at home and didn’t need to go through worse at school.” I get it. But… Matilda wasn’t so innocent; she was a know-it-all, self-righteous little brat. What kind of child goes to someone’s house in the middle of the night to scare the shit out of them? Then go to school and pull that whole “This is Magnus!” stunt. She incited a riot with all of the little thuglets and it cost Agatha her job. She probably was an informant to the cops and snitched on her parents to the feds. She looks like a future murderer to me. LMAO!!! Okay, okay, of course I’m kidding. I just hope the next time you watch Matilda you view things a little differently; everything isn’t always as it seems.
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