Why The Movie 'Downsizing' Is More Than Just A Movie

Why The Movie 'Downsizing' Is More Than Just A Movie

The underlying message of the newest Matt Damon film.

Recently, Matt Damon starred in a movie called "Downsizing." It's an interesting film about a couple who decides to make themselves smaller in order to have more money and a better life. The wife changes her mind after the husband has been made small and thus his new single and small life starts.

The film is about more than what the actual story is. In my opinion, this film is about looking at the bigger picture of life and helping others along the way. There are multiple times when real world problems are mentioned in the film and in some cases solutions are proposed and carried out.

While it's not possible to shrink people in real life to save the environment, we can look at some of the ways the smaller communities conserve resources to help our world now. Other real world issues that are touched on include equal rights, when the guy in the bar asks Matt Damon if he feels that smaller people should have the same rights although they avoid taxes; immigration issues, when the people from Vietnam hid in a television box to get to the United States; and money issues, when it is revealed that the downsized people pay little to no taxes and that only the really poor in the big world are still poor in the downsized community.

I feel that we can learn something from this movie. If we look at people in a different light and stop focusing solely on ourselves we can make a positive change. Take the Vietnamese woman for example, she was put into prison for protesting and then punished further by being shrunk. She tried to escape to the United States and it cost her a leg. Even after her challenges she helps all others around her by giving them food and bringing them healthcare. She made a positive change in her community.

I strongly suggest seeing this movie in order to get the overall message. Plus, who doesn't want to watch Matt Damon get made into a 5 inch tall person?

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6 Places in New York City Every "Friends" Fan Needs to Visit

Grab a cup of coffee at Central Park.

As a Friends fanatic myself, I often wonder about the places in New York City featured in the various episodes and whether I could actually visit them. Most of them are fictional or no longer exist, but there are a few places you can go to reminisce about your favorite Friends moments. So, here are 6 places in New York City you definitely need to visit as a Friends fan.

1. The Apartment Building, Obviously

The building used for the exterior shot of the apartments in Friends is real, and is located at 90 Bedford Street at the corner of Grove Street in Greenwich Village. It's an obvious must-see.

2. The Pullitzer Fountain

This is the fountain that the friends danced around in for the iconic theme song, and it's located right in Central Park.

3. Bloomingdale's

This is the department where Rachel worked before she moved on to Ralph Lauren, where she met Joshua, and where she started her career in fashion.

4. The Plaza Hotel

This is where Monica and Chandler celebrated their engagement in The One WIth Monica's Thunder, and is actually really gorgeous.

5. The Central Perk Replica

While Central Perk isn't a real coffee shop, a pop-up replica opened up in 2014 on Lafayette Street and it's definitely a must-visit.

6. Chandler's Office

The fictional Chandler works in the real Solow Building, located on West 57th street.

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Heroes Of Our Time

Or, how I want to be a hero in the modern world.


On March 8, it was International Women's Day, where people all over the world recognized the struggles of women around the world, along with the necessary progress necessary to achieve full equality in society. That day passed through my mind like any other day, but the idea of being celebrated for my achievements and helping others garner rights always stood out to me. And with the opportunities which I'm fortunate to have and those I've created, I could do something special.

Simultaneously, I also live in a world where the difference between a hero and a villain is obscured, if not completely dissolved. In our political climate, where at this point, even a certain action can be interpreted to many different ways, whomever is a hero is considered one who not only stands up for themselves, but also brings a strong victory to their side. And with the 2020 presidential campaigns along the way, I had the impression the Democratic Party candidates may shift further to the left, which is advantageous for my political position, but not necessarily for those who may oppose it.

When combined for my interests in literature, I see heroism as one shining moment, born out of the hero's journey. A person would receive their calling from a supernatural source or fate, and decide to take it. They would of course struggle to do what's right and achieve their destiny, but when they did, they would have spectacular glory and respect, no matter if its in life or death.

These influences shape how I want to become a hero — I want to emerge out of a humdrum life in university, take a stand with my writing, and eventually inspire people to do the same. But in books and movies, heroism is seemingly straightforward, showing none of the ordinary work a person has to take to achieve their high status, nor how they pushed through at what they're doing. As somebody who started lacking persistence and will recently, I question how I want to be heroic, when I have to learn how to survive as well.

Going into my 22 year, and further into graduation, I have to learn heroism isn't necessarily contained in one moment, like saving a life or motivating troops to go to war. It doesn't even have to be factional at times, defeating good over evil in some aspects. It has to be a commitment towards what one believes in, and the perseverance to see it through, no matter how difficult it is or how hot the spotlight burns on oneself. And wouldn't it be enough for now?

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