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Our planet groans among the overpopulation. As resources draw to a close, Norwegian scientists find a possible way out: they develop a method to shrink people. The mini versions would consume less space and less food, produce less waste and use less valuable arable land for residential purposes. Sounds ideal, doesn't it? At least for Paul Safranek (Matt Damon) and his wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig), who want to exchange their average life in Omaha for a future in a mini-community. But when Paul awakes after the shrinking process, he soon has to realize that even in a mini utopia there can be big problems…
"Downsizing" is a fascinating, but also extremely frustrating movie. Alexander Payne manages very well at the beginning to establish an idea that lays the perfect foundation for an excellent social satire. And that's exactly where the film seems to be headed. A little absurdity, a lot of sometimes very subtle humour and fascinating ideas make the first minutes of "Downsizing" a great pleasure. But soon the first problems become apparent. The many great approaches that make you want to learn more about the "small town" that Paul and Audrey want to move to are only touched on very briefly.
Because Paul has hardly arrived in his new homeland, he has to learn that there are class differences and normal everyday problems in the mini-world as well. And already the film takes a first unexpected turn. That's actually positive, if the sound would fit to the beginning of the movie. But what was initially sold as a comedy suddenly turns into a rather gloomy social drama with a slightly satirical touch - only to turn into a dystopic end-time drama again after some time. The result is a confused collection of many good ideas that have been somewhat awkwardly pieced together.
It seems that Payne has squeezed ideas into a story for several films at any price. This has really great moments and great actors like Hong Chau, who easily steals the show from both Matt Damon and two-time Oscar-winning Christoph Waltz. But a homogeneous whole simply doesn't want to be created. It's a pity Payne couldn't decide which way to go. A little less would have been more dramatic here. But so the whole thing is simply an abstruse confusion, which is sold in the trailers completely wrong.
So "Downsizing" as a social satire is only worth seeing to a limited extent, but it is interesting to look at it as an example for a film production that got out of hand. And because of the numerous successful aspects, despite the disappointing overall impression, there is just one more: Worth seeing!
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