DOWNSIZING

★½

Starring Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau, Kristen Wiig, Rolf Lassgård, Ingjerd Egeberg, Jason Sudeikis
Directed by Alexander Payne
2017 / 135 Minutes / Paramount Pictures

Review by Brent

Downsizing is an unfortunate bore. The social satire premise is fantastic and I was really looking forward to this story of a world with the opportunity to shrink itself to save the planet. Matt Damon plays a man who decides to shrink himself to become happier and more satisfied with his life. This is great! I love this idea! How could this go wrong??? Holy hell did this go wrong!!

Downsizing is a brilliant story idea that somehow became one of the most boring films I have seen this year. It’s a shame because director Alexander Payne is one of my favourites. I can list off all of his movies and I adore them all! Citizen Ruth, Election, About Schmidt, Sideways, The Descendants, Nebraska! Now there is this stain on his list.

The bonus points I’ll give this other than being really clever is the performance of Hong Chau. She is fantastic! It’s too bad the movie isn’t because she could have easily been an Oscar nominee had this film been better. Unfortunately she fell with it. Her performance is hilarious and heartwarming. The rest of the cast I don’t really have glowing things to say about. Anyone could have played Matt Damon’s role and it still wouldn’t have saved this. The rest of the supporting cast is so dull that the surprise cameo’s throughout aren’t even fun. Kristen Wiig, Christoph Waltz and many others are wasted in annoying lifeless characters. Waltz particularly the more annoying one.

Downsizing was such a huge disappointment for me. I really wanted to like this movie. I won’t let this change my feelings of Payne’s superb past films, but I definitely prefer the smaller more subtle movies he’s given us. As for this one I’m going to try to forget it, which won’t be a problem.

Grade D

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