I’m not being funny but when a new film is released in the cinema featuring Matt Damon as the protagonist you expect it to be at least half decent. This film wasn’t even remotely decent. It was a shambles.
The synopsis of ‘Downsizing’, described by IMDB, is: 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.
I think the notion of ‘downsizing’ could potentially be a great premise for a film but it was totally obliterated and wasted here. The opportunity and ability was totally lost on this occasion. The film literally consists of a variety of scenes, dragging on and on, with no real meaning, connection or conclusion. As a viewer, you’re sitting there, bored out your tits, waiting on something to happen (but to no avail).
I kept trying to predict things that would happen – which I always do when I’m watching a film – and literally NOTHING happened. At the end of this post I’m going to suggest some ideas that would have at least made the film more watchable or a bit more relevant but I don’t want to give you any spoilers as of yet so I’ll let you know when I get to that point. I’ll just continue my rant for now though.
Matt Damon, why would you even agree to star in a film like this? Your potential far exceeds the role you played in this sorry excuse of a movie. I’m sorry, but I’m not the only one utterly disappointed by ‘downsizing’, all you need to do is take to twitter and type in the hashtag and you’ll find a plethora of tweets complaining about how much of a disaster it was. At points, I was thinking ok now this must be going somewhere, but nah it was just another completely pointless scene that went nowhere. There was a complete lack of storyline. The characters were futile and served no real purpose. The idea was initially good but they totally fucked it. It’s a no from me.
There were tiny snippet elements of comedy but again it was more like trailer snippets here and there as opposed to an actual movie. I wish I had written the script, with the characters and ideas they had, I could have done so much more with it. I think the person who put this together was totally away with it at the time and proabably got bored of it themselves if I’m honest.
OK, POTENTIAL SPOILER ALERT whilst I throw my ideas out there:
- Firstly, Paul Safranek (played by Matt Damon) was abandoned by his wife at the beginning of the film when they had both agreed to go through the transition to downsizing. That’s a big storyline. That’s a huge deal. They never seen each other again. She just disappeared from the film altogether. I thought maybe she would have came and visited him, seeing as so many ‘big’ size people do that anyway, why didn’t she come back in to the story at all? Or, I thought maybe when it said ’10 years later’ and they took us to another small size town that maybe he would rediscover her and find her there, and question why she decided to downsize and settle with someone else and not him, or something like that? It lacked some sort of conflict and there were so many missed opportunities regarding his wife. It actually infuriated me.
- What on earth was the character of ‘Ngoc Lan’ all about? At first, when she was introduced to us as a cleaner, I found her one-liners and abrubtness slightly (emphasis on the slight) humorous but then all of a sudden the whole film was about her? But not really about her – because it didn’t tell us much about her really – it became about all of these other people that she was feeding, nursing etc. and then we never found out anything about these people either? Or why she was doing it? Or what was the purpose? Or where actually were they and why were they there? I was so lost. They should have kept her in the short scenes as a cleaner and that would have been enough. She just started tagging along with Paul and it didn’t feel like they had any connection, it was just forced. It didn’t seem plausible at all.
- The party scene: What the fudge was that all about? That was a train wreck. Something more could have happened there or it definitely could have been cut because it didn’t serve any purpose and it was boring. as. fuck.
Damn, I didn’t realise just how much this film annoyed me until I started writing this post; I don’t think a film has ever annoyed me so much. The ending in this film too, uh, it was the icing on top of a very shitty cake. I’m glad I watched this film at home and not in the cinema because I would have been pissssssssed. Anyway, rant over, do I recommend this film? Absolutely fucking not.
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