Ignorance can certainly be seen in 'Matilda', a comedy, directed by Danny DeVito which takes place in U.S.A. during the nineties. All the major characters except for Matilda, Matilda's friends and Miss Honey, are careless and only self-involved. This brings the first theme, 'Parents have the responsibility of taking care of their children. Parents like Mr Wormwood, Mrs Wormwood including Miss Trunchbull are evil, until Matilda finds herself using telekinetic powers to move things with her eyes. The last theme is knowledge. The very best way to have lots of knowledge is to read a lot of books just like Matilda. That's why she is as smart as a master who is expert on everything.
In the film, Matilda Wormwood, who was always being neglected by her self-involved parents tells us that parents need to have good responsibility of taking care children. An example of neglecting child in the film was when Matilda was forced to watch the television. 'And what's wrong with the television?' her father said. His voice was suddenly soft and dangerous. I know parents normally complain about their children watching too much television. The thing is that Matilda is more concern about his father's attitude not on forcing her to watch the television. She wants to tell her father to have good manners, to be a good father. The medium shot taken in the scene including zooming in and zooming out throughout the whole scene of Matilda and her father having a conversation, it shows us that Mr Wormwood and Mrs Wormwood are not responsible of Matilda at all. So, we need to appreciate the moral that teaches our parents so that they don’t ever neglect us. Once again, we mostly appreciate our parents for taking care of us, we know it is a hard job.
The second interesting theme is power. In all the children movies, the enemies always end up with bad effects, punishments and paybacks from doing wrong things on the good team while the good team always win. "I'm big, you're small" was used...
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