The School for Good and Evil is a film based on the Tim Burton film The Nightmare Before Christmas. In the film, the three main characters – Jack Skellington, Bob Cratchit and Mrs. La Vasse – are thrown into an alternate dimension after Christmas. There they become the new owners of a school for good and evil, run by the evil Queen. This school transforms the characters into the three classic evil characters from the original movie (and it is probably the reason why they look like them, as you couldn’t possible make a bad movie about the three of them). It also has the unique feature of having the three leads star in their own films: Jack Skellington will be appearing in the Tim Burton film Big Fish; Bob Cratchit will be appearing in the adaptation of the same novel as the original Tim Burton film, The Nightmare Before Christmas; and Mrs. La Vasse will be appearing in the subsequent Cloverfield film, rather than being a part of the Tim Burton-helmed film.
I have always found the originality of the film to be quite enjoyable. I also enjoyed the heavy themes that were used to set the atmosphere for the movie – including the school for good and evil and the battle between good and evil, as well as the different dimensions in which the characters moved into. All in all, I think that the movie did a pretty good job of exploring what the themes of the original really meant to us at the time.
However, I am always weary of the overuse of the “evil” theme in movies, whether it be original or remake. And while The School for Good and Evil is a classic movie, it seems to be leading the pack in the “evil” category. Why is that? What are the reasons for that?
Well, one of the most common theories I’ve heard as to why this trend exists is the popularity of horror movies and the appeal they have. Now, I can definitely see that being part of the equation, but I think there’s something else going on here. And that’s the fact that there have been several recent movies that have shown the world a vision of what a good person would do in a situation where there is evil involved.
A perfect example of this is the last Harry Potter movie, The Half Blood Prince. In this movie, Harry Potter essentially does the right thing by confronting and defeating the bad guy, Quirrell. In doing so, he shines a spotlight on the good people at the school, such as Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley. This positive example fuels the hero to continue on his quest to do the right thing, which in the case of theses films is ultimately to stop the bad guy from destroying the world. Of course, the “good guys” doesn’t seem to care what the outcome is, as they all want to see Quirrell fail.
Another good example is the Lord of the Rings movies. Sauron, the main villain, is not only bad and dangerous, but he also has several followers who are also very bad and dangerous. In the first movie, The Fellowship of the Ring, Frodo Baggage was just a simple villager who went on a quest with a few friends. But as the series progresses, we begin to see that he is an arch enemy of the good, and eventually a destructive force that even destroys the Rings of Power.
Now, when I watch these movies, I don’t always see the good guys winning the battle. Sometimes, the outcome seems to be a no-brainer. But that doesn’t mean that it isn’t an emotional experience. It is often refreshing to watch a movie like this when the viewer finally understands why the bad guys are bad. The school for good and evil movie then becomes more than just another superhero film or adventure film.
The school teaches us that there are certain things that we should not do – when we should do them, and how. With the rise of the Internet, many people are creating their own online communities. There is even an online education curriculum for learning about the evils of the evil characters in the school for good and evil movie. The evil characters in the movies may be bad, but they are still very human.
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