Now, I haven’t actually read Dumplin’ but I watched the film on Netflix the other day and I absolutely loved it. A lot of people have recommended me both the book and the film adaptation but I just never fully fancied it. I wasn’t sure if I’d be a fan. However, I’m now right on the hype (better late than never).I watched this with two friends earlier this week. We had had a bit of a stressful day and wanted to all just have a nice little night in. We ordered take away and chose to watch Dumplin’ together. The best thing as well is they have a projector at their house so we got to watch it on a ‘big screen’.
First off, I’m not exactly a Dolly Parton fan but you play 9 to 5 and I want to be up dancing and singing. Some of the songs I didn’t even know but they were so catchy and fit the feel of the film so, so well. I knew the Dolly references were pretty heavy handed and constant and I know some people aren’t fans of that but I loved it!
With it being a teen film about a girl absolutely obsessed with Dolly Parton, I don’t think it was overdone at all. I’d argue we are most passionately obsessed with things in our teens so to me it just highlighted this aspect of being a teenager with the music.
There are flaws and faults (which everyone loves to point out) but at the end of the day it has a lot of happiness in it and both the book and film has made girls feel better about their bodies. Body positivity of different kinds too!
I definitely plan on reading the book now. The story was so feel good and happy and had great messages for young people. One of my favourite aspects of the film was the friendships and the lack of bitchiness between all the girls, both the main friendships and the other girls in the pageant. I’m hoping this sisterhood they all seem to have I also a big theme in the book.
Have you watched Dumplin’? What did you think?