The Misrepresentation of Agatha Trunchbull

Freeform 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 whatnot) 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!

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 that 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. A part of me just doesn’t believe she was always this terrible person. I really want to know what happened to Agatha before she became “The Trunchbull.”

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.


Featured image credit: Tristar Pictures

13 thoughts on “The Misrepresentation of Agatha Trunchbull

  1. I’m dying over that last part! XD But you offer an interesting perspective on the Trunchbull. I’d never thought about that. (Let’s just hope Hollywood doesn’t get any ideas and decide to ruin “Matilda” by doing a prequel lol. It’s more fun to wonder!)

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  2. I had a chuckle seeing that 28 was “getting old”…. I was 20 when this movie came out (40 now). My 20’s were a blur of working two and three jobs trying to figure out what the hell I wanted to do. As with Trunchbull, there are some really miserable and horrible people that have allowed their past define their present, heck, I work with some of them on a daily basis. Of course my natural reaction is to avoid them at all costs, but I’ve discovered that isn’t always the best thing to do because as you said, sometimes they just need acceptance, respect, love, etc. We can all do with a little extra acceptance, respect, and love in our lives and perhaps we would all be a little better off.

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    1. Yes exactly!!!!! It’s weird looking back on a movie like this and remembering the perspective I had then. Everyone needs love including The Trunchbull. I think I only feel old, because now my little nieces are watching Matilda. It’s a little odd to me lol.

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