Verdict: A big-picture satire that's more than about being little.
One of the most problematic problems of the society is the environmental impact of the large population. But what if it could all go away by shrinking people to a few inches tall? Matt Damon's latest sci-fi film isn't afraid to tackle big ideas about the concept of being small.
What's Downsizing About:
Paul Safranek (Matt Damon), along with his wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig), makes the huge decision to make the environmentally conscious decision to shrink himself down to five inches tall so he can live a better life. But his life in Leisureland isn't what he had expected it to be, and he finds himself trying to find a new purpose of his life with the help of new friends that lead him through an unexpected adventure.
Downsizing scores big on novelty points. The director and writer Alexander Payne beautifully introduces the concept of downsizing along with little details that make it realistic. Even the main reason people want to downsize is honest – with a cameo with Neil Patrick Harris and Laura Dern you discover how the downsized people live like royalty, at a fraction of the price.
Matt Damon plays his part of the average Joe well, but it's his co-stars who make the film even better. Christoph Waltz, who plays Paul's noisy European neighbor, Dusak, is highly entertaining to watch every time he's on the screen. But the biggest surprise from this film is Hong Chau who plays a Vietnamese activist Ngoc Lan Tran, as she manages to give a perfect performance – who even as she speaks stumbling English, she is a scene stealer.
What Could Have Been Better:
Although Downsizing does a commendable job of covering a variety of social issues from immigration to discrimination, the plot could have used a tighter focus. It takes a completely different turn from the sit-com approach that is highlighted in the trailer a little way in, and after that, it's full of surprises which may not be for everyone.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
This is a satire that has it all – it has moments of comedy, emotional scenes, and remains thought-provoking throughout. In an age of forgettable blockbusters, Downsizing is a film that offers a fresh idea that you will remember for a long time.