THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

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DOWNSIZING (2017)


This movie is not as advertised.  If you’ve seen the lighthearted trailers, you see Jason Sudeikis and Kristin Wiig of SNL fame showing Matt Damon how cool it is to be “small” in a big world.  How a little alcohol goes a long way, with a sight gag of a gigantic vodka bottle.  The plot: when scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall as a solution to over-population, Paul (Matt Damon) and wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to abandon their stressed lives in order to get small and move to a new downsized community – their $150k adds up to around $12 million in the small world.  The film starts off with an excellent first half-hour or so as Paul and Audrey say goodbye to family and friends in Omaha as they get ready for the procedure.  The actual process we see is both humorous and fascinating as what would probably have to happen to shrink is generally well-thought out.  But there’s a plot twist following all of this that changes everything (which I won’t reveal here) and downsizes Downsizing from an amusing comedy about being small in a big world to a dramedy about how nothing really changes in a class system, no matter how tall or small you are.  Paul ends up having to go back to work instead of laying around his mansion, tries to help a Vietnamese dissident-turned-cleaning-lady (Hong Chau, who’s really good despite being assigned a borderline racist role) and ends up working for her cleaning squad.  There are also trips to Norway and other plot points that run Downsizing far astray from its original premise.  Damon has little to do here but look depressed, while Christoph Waltz adds a bit of life as Damon’s partying upstairs neighbor.  Downsizing goes in unexpected directions but I found this film a bit disappointing.


TLA one word review: Scattershot


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