A social satire in which a guy realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself.
Director: Alexander Payne
Writers: Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor
Stars: Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau
One part relationship comedy, one part existential human drama, one part environmental warning and, regrettably, one part white-saviour myth, Alexander Payne’s Downsizing is a beautiful, confounding creation. In the near-future, overpopulation has so ravaged the planet that science has turned to “downsizing” – shrinking humans to about five inches in height. Those who choose to “go small” live in tiny communities with all the tiny pleasures of tiny modern life. Paul (Matt Damon) and wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) are about to make one small leap when … well, a twist arrives. What follows is entirely unpredictable and delightfully humane in its twists and turns, even if Paul’s story gets tangled up in a not-unsubtle lesson about charity. It’s a small, but lingering, misstep in an otherwise giant achievement.
– Barry Hertz, Globe and Mail