Monday, December 25, 2017
MOVIE REVIEW: DOWNSIZING
When scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall as a solution to overpopulation, Paul (Matt Damon) and his wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to abandon their stressed lives in order to get small and move to a new downsized community — a choice that triggers life-changing adventures.
Director: Alexander Payne
Cast: Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau, Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis, Udo Kier
Release Date: Dec 22, 2017
Genres: Comedy, Comedy Drama, Satire
Rated R for language including sexual references, some graphic nudity and drug use.
Runtime: 2h 15min
Downsizing is a fairly surprising film that sports some stellar supporting turns but ultimately lacks enough focus to make it truly special. Alexander Payne has plenty on his mind in this film and he covers bevy topics from environmentalism, class warfare and self actualization. Its dense film that feels as unfocused as it is polished. Matt Damon is fine in the lead role but his character is a bit simplistic throughout while everyone around him feels more interesting and nuanced. Christoph Waltz and Udo Kier make for some fun neighbors to Matt Damon’s Paul but its Hong Chau who ultimately steals the show. Hong Chau injects the film with a palpable sense of humanity and heart, something the film sorely lacked until her arrival. The cast’s chemistry really fuels the film even as the film meanders trying to find a definite direction or purpose. Ultimately, it never nails any of its points and feels like it could have used some trimming and focus.