DOWNSIZING 4K REVIEWED
“Downsizing 4K” hits upon my problem with Alexander Payne. His films always have these great plots and sport amazing casts. However, the execution is lackluster. The concept of shrinking to only 5 inches tall creates a new sense of world building. What would modern life be like if you could live in a doll house? As we find out, terrorism and illegal immigration still exist in this tiny world.
From there, the matters of the heart are handled rather ham-fistedly. Hong Chau gets to shine as the one-legged Vietnamese woman who shows Matt Damon that life isn’t great when you’re small. Hell, there’s even the idea that Downsizing can be used as punishment against dissidents. But, was that the point of telling a not-so pointed Sci-Fi laced tale in the modern era? You can’t escape your problems no matter what size you may exist?
It feels like a ton of leg work to get to something that is so painfully obvious. The cast is decent enough, but they can’t save such an insanely dumb exercise. At this point, other directors would be returning to the well of Tracy Flick. But, I don’t see that happening. Hell, I wouldn’t be surprised if the next Payne film was called “DUUUUUUUUUUUUUHHHHHH”.
- 2.39:1 2160p transfer
- DTS-HD 7.1