Ladies, 'Dumplin'' Is The Netflix Movie You Never Knew You Needed To Start Your New Year

Ladies, 'Dumplin'' Is The Netflix Movie You Never Knew You Needed To Start Your New Year

Self-acceptance through the words of Dolly Parton.


I was at first hesitant to watch Dumplin' when my sister recommended it to me. The plotline seemed overdone- the girl that doesn't conform to body type standards finds herself, gets the guy, repairs relationship with her mother, etc. But what I came to find was a message of confidence and self-acceptance I wish I would have watched as early as fifth grade and will definitely take with me into the new year.

The Netflix hit released on December 7th follows plus-size teen Willowdean Dixon as she enters a beauty pageant run by her mother (played by Jennifer Aniston aka Rachel Green) in an effort to honor her late Aunt Lucy and revolt against the beauty standards for which she feels her mom has always been ashamed that she doesn't match.

The best part? The film is backdropped with Willowdean's love for Dolly Parton and features all of the Queen of Country's most inspirational lyrics- Who knew 9 to 5 could be so motivational? Through Dolly's words, Willowdean finds herself and her confidence.

If I'm being honest, I didn't watch Dumplin's predecessor Sierra Burgess is a Loser released earlier this year, but when I compare the film to earlier messages of body positivity like Hairspray and the story of Pitch Perfect's beloved Fat Amy, Willowdean's tale stands in a league all on its own because of it highlights the insecurities of nearly everyone on cast and serves to advocate for an acceptance of all people's issues with themselves. It's not just about Willowdean's weight, it's about her Aunt Lucy's confidence, her mother's realized selfishness, and even in subtle facial expressions the star, soon-to-be-pageant queen's self-perception. In a heart-lifting moment toward the end of the film, Willowdean accepts herself not as a now pseudo-conforming pageant queen but as an imperfect collage of all the things that make her beautiful. She said it best to her mother backstage, "I'm fat. I'm happy. I'm insecure. I'm bold."

Someone somewhere will probably find Dumplin' problematic in a multitude of ways I don't, but it's messages like Willowdean's that I plan on taking with me into 2019. I've always had issues with my weight, but it's about more than that; I've always been insecure about who I am as a person- how I look, the way I talk, the clothes I wear, the friends I keep, the things I like- I've had issues with everything. But what Dumplin' teaches me and hopefully all who watch it is that, per the words of the film's original novel by Julie Murphy, "Perfection is nothing more than a phantom shadow we're all chasing."

Willowdean refuses to conform to the effortless beauty of the pageant girls- she crafts her own lane and in the process learns to accept herself in all of her flaws. What's most important is that she doesn't do it in a comedic fashion in the way other plus-sized actors have been portrayed to do, she does it in a way that feels authentic to her and who she's built to be throughout the movie. It's Willowdean's sentiments that I'll echo throughout my new year- my authentic imperfections do not impede my beauty, they define it.

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Warcraft 3: Reforged - A legend returns

One of the top 100 games of the century makes a comeback in an epic way.


17 years ago, the legion invaded the realm of Azeroth, forcing the different races of Humans, Orcs, Night elves, and Undead to make the most unlikely of alliances. There were those who fought for the light while the others wished to banish it. Night and day, the furnaces of Lordaeron burnt bright as the loyal dwarves of Khaz Modan hammer away the swords and shields that would aid the fight ahead.

17 years ago, the young orc warchief Thrall foresaw the fate of his people as meteors of green flames crash upon his lands. He saw the upcoming demise of his clanand ordered a mass evacuation towards a new continent where they shall be safe for generations to come. 17 years ago, the night elves felt a corruption within the Tree of Life, causing them to split into opposing factions: one fought in the name of the Goddess, while the other fought in the name of personal hatred. 17 years ago, a legion of undead came upon the shores of Lordaeron, plaguing the land and defiling the life force of the realm. That was the story of Warcraft, one that spanned continents and races only to join them together for a crucial battle of their history.

Warcraft 3: Reforged - Cinematic Trailer Youtube

Warcraft was a monument to an entire gaming generation, ranked 2nd best game of all time by German games magazine "GameStar." Its fate, however, was ultimately sealed as computing technology became better and overshadowed the old giant. Plus, with the rise of gaming consoles and handheld gaming devices, PC gaming lost its appeal slowly, and games like Starcraft or Warcraft eventually faded into oblivion.

But over on the horizon, Blizzard Entertainment came to the rescue. Following the success of their previous release of Starcraft: Remastered, they decided to come forth with their next great project: remastering Warcraft 3.

Using a new and revamped engine built over the foundations of the old one, they have rebuilt the world we once loved. Adding to that are new, high definition voices and sound effects that they recorded just for this old game. For the blurry characters of old, the team decided to upscale and remodel all present units to give them the 2019 high-def treatment they deserved. For the old user interface (UI), the development team settled on one that resembled the "Starcraft: Remastered" interface, offering more room for players to look at the gorgeous 4K character models. Also, to fit the new continuity from World of Warcraft, Blizzard opted to alter the story by a small margin, showing promising changes to the revived game.

Warcraft 3 – Original vs. Reforged Trailer Graphics Comparison Youtube

However, not everyone was hyped when the game was announced. Many gamers expressed disappointment at Blizzard's move of remastering old games instead of developing new ones. Many, feeling uncomfortable at the company's decision, took to the internet and into forums. Some fans expressed concerns over Blizzard's decision to retcon a game they hold dear Some are unhappy with the graphics not being consistent with characters: unit models look too detailed while buildings look cartoonish.

Despite all this, the general population loved the announcement at Blizzcon. As the game slowly reaches its release date of December 31, 2019, the hype can only go up from here. For those of us who can't hold their excitement, here's a video of the crowd's insane reaction to the announcement:

Warcraft 3 Crowd Reaction Youtube

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