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

Angry Birds: The Theatre was Packed with Kids and Still Quiet…The Kids Didn’t Laugh – THE KIDS! [Review]

Angry Birds: The Theatre was Packed with Kids and Still Quiet…The Kids Didn’t Laugh – THE KIDS! [Review]

Sometimes I make a mistake.  Like, for example, going to see Angry Birds instead of Neighbors 2 or The Nice Guys.  I’m just a sucker for animation and the colors were so bright.  I had thought “Gee, it’s been such a long times since anyone cared about Angry Birds, if they’re actually putting out the movie so long after its inspiration died, it must actually have something to it.  And then I saw the trailer, where being angry something that could be a good thing, it felt like it might be fresh.  Boy was I wrong.  I haven’t seen a movie this bad since the last Fantastic 4 was shat upon the screen last year.  I’m so angry at you, Angry Birds – I could have been watching Zac Efron shirtless. Read more