Downsizing Review


Nothing on HBO, a full list of Netflix movies that I have yet to watch, but I decided to rent a movie on PSN instead. The sale that they had on this movie had something to do with it, but also the fact that I remember seeing the preview for this movie, maybe a year ago, and thought it looked funny. Previews do that though don’t they? Keep reading to see if this movie was what I thought it would be or if it turned out to be something else.

Downsizing is about Paul Safranek, played by Matt Damon, who basically lives this unfulfilled life. He works a job that he hates, has a wife that he can’t please (not in that way, you dirty minded people), and is basically miserable like everyone else. That is until he hears from his friend Dave, played by Jason Sudeikis, that downsizing is the way to go. So what is downsizing? Downsizing was invented by scientist Dr. Jorgen Asbjornsen, played by Rolf Lassgard, and it shrinks normal sized people down to 5 centimeters tall, puts them in downsized community’s, and basically makes the meager amount of money they have in the “real” world equal millions of dollars in the downsized world. His motive for doing all of this though is to save the environment, not make people live like kings. This sounds great for Paul and his wife Audrey, played by Kristin Wig, until it doesn’t and while Paul goes along with the irreversible procedure Audrey just can’t. This leaves Paul all by himself in a downsized world. He’ll go through a bunch of stuff and realize that even in a downsized world, his life is basically still crappy and he can’t find a purpose, that is until he meets Ngoc Lan Tan, played by Hong Chau. Will Paul finally find happiness? You’ll have to get through two hours of this movie to find out.

The premise of this movie and even the description sounds good right? Sounds like it would be a funny, but at times heart warming movie to watch right? Wrong. To tell you the truth I have no idea what point this movie was trying to get across. Was it trying to show Paul’s struggle and how he eventually become a better person and the person he wanted to be? Was it a platform to show that humans are destroying the world through global warming and climate change and no matter what it can’t be changed making us all doomed? I can clearly tell you that I have no idea. There were so many ideas to this movie and none of them worked out. None. Paul’s story was super boring, the whole climate change and global warming thing was put in the wrong type of platform, and the rest of the movie was just ridiculous. I completely felt tricked into watching a movie that was supposed to be funny and maybe a little heart warming. This movie wasn’t funny and maybe just maybe if it was done right, it could have been just a little heart warming. By the time this movie gets to the heart warming moments, you are so done with this movie that you just don’t even care anymore.

The cast toted a bunch of big names, but they just didn’t click together and it didn’t work. This movie was like a joke even to the cast and this was definitely not Matt Damon’s best movie. Even if the cast was better, I don’t think that anything could have saved this disaster of a movie. The acting for this movie was just horrible as was the whole movie itself and it was in no way redeemable. Not to mention there were some funny people in this movie like Kristin Wig and Jason Sudeikis, but they just weren’t funny in this movie.

Overall I give this movie a 1 out of 5.

It is my strong suggestion that you don’t waste your time on this movie that doesn’t have a clear point or message to provide. The previews were a ruse to get you to see the movie and really didn’t deliver on anything that was promised making this movie a complete disappointment and just a waste of time. If you still want to see this movie after all of that, then be my guest, but be ready to be completely disappointed and wake up the next morning still wondering why you even bothered with this movie.


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