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Friday, March 23rd, Downsizing: I did like the concept, however. Facing financial challenges as an occupational therapist, Paul Safranek Matt Damon and his wife Audrey, Kristen Wiigdecide to join a growing list of similarly distressed people who believe they would be better off if they were 5-inches-tall, living in world populated with other downsized humans.
Everyday staples would be far more affordable, as would the occasional luxury item. Overpopulation and famine would be reduced to bad memories. When it comes time to downsize for good, however, Audrey, decides not to participate in the program.
This comes as news to her husband, who, by this time, is a wee middle-aged man without a partner in life. Paul makes friends with an unlikely collection of fun-loving Lilliputians, sharing the good life in a miniaturized hi-rise. Waltz plays a jet-set hedonist, while Kier is his obedient servant.
Chau plays a Vietnamese political activist who was jailed and downsized against her will. Their common link is somewhat confusing to explain, so suffice to say they share an interest in saving the planet and protecting the downsized masses.
The bad news is that humanity is doomed. The humor is mostly invested in the excellent visual effects, but, at a certain point, our eyes reflect the reality that these are normal-sized characters in a fabricated environment. Neither will downsizing come as anything new to audiences. Sadly, too, while mainstream critics nice things to say about it, Downsizing underperformed at the box office.
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When all the usual temptations lose their luster, Hall falls back on self-loathing. The success of his second book makes him even more suspicious of his gifts.
Eventually, he stuns his fans by vanishing from the pop-cultural grid and adopting a pet dog as his closest friend and confidante.
To his credit, Christensen does come up with an ending that ties everything together. There are several other good things worth mentioning in the movie, besides excellent performances by Lerman and Fanning.
When it was introduced to critics at the Toronto and Stockholm International Film Festivals, the distributor handed out barf bags. At least one of them came in handy. As an extreme parody of the slick Tokyo gangster typically portrayed on film, Kakihara blows cigarette smoke through the vents cut into his cheeks and favors comically garish outfits.
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