DVD Review: Downsizing
When scientists figure out a way to shrink humans to about 5 inches tall in order to save the planet, Paul (Matt Damon) and his wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) think it will be for them. They're struggling with money but what they do have saved will translate into millions once they shrink. When Audrey bails on Paul after his procedure, he finds he can't live like the king he wanted, and is forced to get another meaningless job there. It's only through his easy going Serbian neighbor Dusan (Christoph Waltz) that he meets Ngoc (Hong Chau) and finally starts to see the bright side of things again.
I wasn't so sure about this film when it was in theaters. Matt Damon is kind of on my shit list at the moment, and the trailer showed so much of Kristen Wiig whom I can't stand. Thankfully, she completely disappears after the first 15 minutes and Damon, personal life aside is actually very good in this role.
They don't spend a lot of time with the science of things, but they give it enough detail that you know this didn't come to be something "because fuck you that's why." It's Chau and Waltz that bring this film to life, especially Chau. Her character isn't someone who chose to be shrunk, it was done to her against her will so that offers a different perspective and she was excellent in this role.
The film does tend to drag a little towards the end, but it's balanced very well with humor and its more emotional moments. The film was much better than the trailers let on.
Memorable quote: "It was a love fuck!" - Paul (Matt Damon)