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Downsizing (film review)


Film: Downsizing
Year: 2017
Genre: Drama, Sci-fi
Directed By: Alexander Payne
Starring: Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau
About: 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.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCrBICYM0yM

My Review:
Having seen the trailer I wanted to see this in the cinema when it first came out however unable to do so I finally managed to see it and although it was nothing like what I was expecting I did enjoy it.

The film is about how a man decides to be small and move to a better life with his wife, however when he gets there he ends up alone and having to make friends and learning to love again and finding out who he really is and what really matters to him.

I thought that the trailer for this movie was really misleading and made me have another idea for this film than what it really was. I thought having the idea of being small was great and that it would help to save the environment before it was too late, also showing the technique of getting rid of the hair on the body as well as the teeth I thought made this film more believable in the way of the technique which did impress me. With the main character losing his wife and life as he knew it at the beginning of the movie it was good at showing how sometimes life doesn't go to plan but if you give life a chance and take different opportunities life can give you something great that would never have happened otherwise, showing the audience that it is good to take risks. With the film also showing how the people travelled I thought that this was good at showing how the big and small people interacted with each other however, seemed to be mostly kept separately. With having a freedom fighter as one of the main characters she added a lot of humour to me with how blunt she was and honest which really did make me enjoy her character and want to see more of her throughout the movie.

I did think it was strange how people were automatically rich for becoming small and that life for some still didn't look up which left me rather confused. I also think it would have been good to see more about how life changed people for those who did end up small and more about how they got small to begin with. Finally, with the environment changing I wish that more was shown about the effects and how being small was helping the world which it didn't touch upon at all.

Overall, I think that this film was really good as a drama movie and showing how to take opportunities which arise. I think that this film would be liked by those who like drama movies and those who are a fan of Matt Damon. I don't think that this really has much of a sci-fi element at all so for those looking for a sci-fi movie I don't feel like this would be the one for you. This is a film I will see again however.

My Rating: 4/5 

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