remember when for 3:50 minutes NBC executives aired this Brotherhood of Man commercial and actually made the world a better place instead of screwing up and sending nbc down into a pit of burning flames
No guys, I need to stop and talk about something in this movie and how fucking revolutionary it was; something that I haven’t seen in a movie before or since.
This is a movie about a kid who leaves her birth family.
Not a kid who find that they have a secret lineage or something that allows them to find their ‘true family’ - this is a movie about a kid whose true birth family is made up of bad people. So she gets out. And that is played as the right thing to do. She isn’t punished for it or made to feel bad about ‘abandoning her family’. There isn’t an underlying ‘but they’re your family and you have to love them’ or ‘they’re your family and they love you even if they don’t show it well or do hurtful things’ message of the kind that I see OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER in media. Matilda gets out and livess happily ever after because of it.
We need a million more movies like this to counter the metric shit ton of movies that directly counter this message.
this is exactly why this movie, and the book, is so important to me
One interesting thing of the movie is that Matilda’s mother acknowledged she wasn’t doing her any good, and let her go. I was firmly impressed with that scene. She might seem an airhead most of the time, but that moment was an absolute gem. In that selfless moment, she redeemed herself, and it almost made me wish Matilda could consider visiting her from time to time…
You’re the only daughter I ever had, Matilda. And I never understood you, not one little bit. …Who’s got a pen?