Downsizing Comes Up Short With Its Ambitions (Review)

Downsizing Comes Up Short With Its Ambitions (Review)

When trailers first started coming out for Alexander Payne’s latest film, I was definitely intrigued by its premise.  The idea of humans opting for a medical procedure that shrinks them down to four inches tall seemed like a possibility for great satire and comedy.  The cast looked impressive, and Payne’s previous films have been great.  Unfortunately, Downsizing is absolutely nothing like the trailer. All the funny bits were shown in marketing, if they even made the final cut of the movie.  The finished product is too tonally and thematically inconsistent to be good, and the story gets weighed down by its force fed and heavy handed message. Read more