Matt Damon stars as the lead in this wacky comedy about a new development in science allowing people to shrink themselves.
This comes with the perks of $150,000 being the same as $12 million in the small world, not to mention the beneficial effects on the environment. The idea of humans being shrunk has been explored before, however, this was done with a more adult theme – the certificate for this being a 15. It had some moments of laughter and some moments of madness.
As seen in the trailers, Paul Safranek (Matt Damon) becomes small, but his wife Audrey Safranek (Kristen Wiig), pulls out at the last-minute. This is essentially the main plot of the movie which then has nowhere to go, and because of this it feels very forced in it’s approach here on out.
An adventure begins – yet more explanation is needed – 4 shrunken people somehow sail to Norway in a miniature boat with mountains either side of them, which have snow on the top, but are somehow relative to their size. A mountain the size of a molehill should not have clouds, nor snow on top of it, in the same way, a regularly sized mountain would. This seems picky, but for me, a film purely focused on the concept of “downsizing” shouldn’t have major issues with scaling.
The film has some funny parts to it and Matt Damon plays his character well. Most of the humour comes from a character we don’t meet until halfway through, played by Hong Chau. However, the accent joke is overplayed and with so much of the humour aimed at her accent, it becomes more just disrespecting a young Vietnamese amputee rather than a film about a shrunken man finding his purpose.
The way the concept is explored and exploited by some characters is interesting and well-developed but many things about the universe are left unanswered. For normal sized actors playing irregularly sized people, the parts were delivered well with some strong performances from Christoph Waltz and Udo Kier.Although, when a film stars Kristen Wiig and Jason Sudeikis, expectations need to be downsized. Unfortunately, mine were not.
Downsizing offers a well pieced “on drugs” scene, this shows the thoughts of Paul Safranek creatively, rather than the traditional chaotic party scene. Other than this, it seems to be a mash-up of dissolving transitions and scenes of nude men at the beginning of the movie.
All of this and some interesting jokes about small people losing their right to vote makes for a well crafted and, at times, clever comedy. However, a bit more exploration into the world rather than suddenly jumping forward years every now and then would have been something nice to see – however it was only a rather downsized plot.