MOVIE REVIEW: DOWNSIZING (Alexander Payne, 2017)


The central concept of shrinking people with the belief that overpopulation was mankind’s biggest long-term threat sounded like the kind of novel idea from a certified tree-hugger. Midway through, it turned into a commentary on social classes and capitalism before settling down as a saccharine “finding your purpose in life” enlightenment film.

As a certified fan of Payne’s social satires and a huge lover of cheese, I was a weeping mess by the time it ended.

Great performances from the cast, especially Hong Chau.

(Note: This is not a late April Fools’ Day joke.)

Rating: ★★★★★

(Originally published May 21, 2018.)

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