Downsizing – Film Club Review

downsizing-bannerWhen offered the chance to shrink yourself and increase your wealth, would you take it? Matt Damon would, in Downsizing, a film about being faced with trying to find yourself when you’re 5-inches tall.

Title: Downsizing
Genre: Comedy
Classification: M
Director: Alexander Payne

A social satire in which a man realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself to five inches tall, allowing him to live in wealth and splendor.
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In general, did people enjoy this film?

There were mixed feelings this week! Half of us were content with how far this film took the subject matter, and the other half were left wanting more. The main criticism was that it was bland and lacked direction. There were many places the filmmakers could’ve taken a story like this, and it seemed as though they were reluctant to pick just one. However the people who enjoyed it managed to just take it for what it was and revel in the fact that what they were presented with was enough to satiate their film needs.

What did they like / not like about it?

Like: Taking the huge concept of sustainability and non-renewable resources, and creating an enjoyable movie about it. Did not like: Some of the comedy felt forced and unnecessary- Sally

I was somewhat disappointed in this film. I wanted to like it, and I did for the most part, but I was left wanting more. I felt like it didn’t know what it wanted to be and was a bit bland considering the possibility for depth within the subject matter. – Mali

I really appreciated the ambition of the film, it starts out like an average Hollywood comedy and becomes something entirely different by the end. While it was quite long, the likable characters that were introduced in the Downsized world made it an enjoyable ride. Christoph Waltz and Udo Kier made an absolutely hilarious screen pairing. The comedy and generally light-hearted tone made it enjoyable throughout, despite some shortcomings with the narrative structure. - Liam

I thought it was very charming. It had a good balance of quirky humour and heartwarming nature. Nothing too heavy. - Lukas

Found the environmental premise interesting but the film seemed to lose it’s way a bit with diversions to the hippie cult (seemingly going nowhere), the ghetto area (how did it originate). The new society was pretty much a microcosm of the old (in the US and possibly the world) so there didn’t seem to be a social benefit in downsizing apart from look how much we’ve saved….a good thing in itself.  We don’t need to downsize to recognise the slums etc, they’re here to see in the real world. – Eddy

Filled with the promise of being an off-beat comedy with a sustainability message, Downsizing unfortunately does not live up to  it’s intended premise. Despite the unique subject matter, Matt Damon’s character was tedious and unrelatable and I found myself becoming quickly bored. The presence of Christoph Waltz got me through to the end. - Vicky

Keywords used to describe this movie:

Polarizing. Thought-provoking. Intelligent. Appreciative. Human. Bland. Conceptual. Charming. Quirky. Enigmatic. Hardcore. Thirsty. Comedic. Silly. Fun. Ambitious. Quirky.

Would people recommend it to a friend?

I’d recommend it with disclaimers attached… keeping in mind it’s not for everyone. The comedy might not stick for some people.

Average rating:

3-stars

 

 

 

 

Which side of the fence do you find yourself on with Downsizing? We’d love to hear your thoughts! And make sure you stay up to date with the films so you can join in the conversation next fortnight.

 

 

And the next film is…

Title: I, Tonyai tonya
Genre: Drama
Classification: MA15+
Director: Craig Gillespie

Based on the unbelievable but true events, I, Tonya is a darkly comedic tale of American figure skater, Tonya Harding, and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history. Though Harding was the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition, her legacy was forever defined by her association with an infamous, ill-conceived, and even more poorly executed attack on fellow Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan.