Downsizing Review

Fellow movie-goers: Interesting topic, but the movie got a little preachy about our environment and what we have “done to it.”
8 Plot: Interesting story, who hasn't thought how it would feel to be shrunk.
9 Acting: Damon does a great job as a man conflicted.
7 Directing: Alexander Payne brings the movie together well,with only a few hiccups.
10 Cinematagraphy: wonderful job blending the full sized and shrunken characters.
7 Pacing: Mid part of the movie is very slow, but the rest is fine.

Here’s the premise: Paul Safranak (Matt Damon), an occupational therapist, undergoes a new procedure to be shrunken to four inches tall so that he and his wife can help save the planet and afford a nice lifestyle at the same time.

The beginning of the movie was interesting, mostly playing on the concept of the shrinking and what to expect and how it is done. This part of the movie was somewhat magical for me, what kid has not watched either LAND OF THE GIANTS, or HONEY I SHRUNK THE KIDS, and not wondered what it would be like to be that small? So as I watched Paul face this question, I did the same and thought how this would change my life.

Unfortunately, after they did the shrinking, the movie also shrunk the excitement, it got a bit boring in the middle of the film; it was still enjoyable, but pretty slow. Then came the third act, it was good but got a little preachy about the environment and one of my pet peeves is being overly preachy in a movie.

Overall, I did enjoy the movie, and still walked away satisfied; I saw most of it as what different people would do and how they would react to the concept of this huge change to their lives.

Russell Lockhart


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