Downsizing - Film
Ended February 24

In the alternative reality of Alexander Payne’s (Nebraska) insanely inventive new film, concerned scientists have mastered the technology of shrinking human beings to several inches in size to ease an overpopulated planet. Payne and writing partner Jim Taylor manage to miraculously combine the satirical implications of this premise with a disarming romantic comedy.

Matt Damon is a modest, unassuming occupational therapist from Omaha who cheerfully embraces the adventure of “going small”; Christoph Waltz is his charmingly sleazy neighbor and wonderful support comes from Kristen Wiig, Laura Dern and Neil Patrick Harris—but newcomer Hong Chau is the one who steals the show. Payne’s comic dystopian universe results in a shape-and-tone-shifting work that leaves us more than a little in awe.

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