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Old 11-02-17, 01:09 PM
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Old 11-03-17, 12:23 AM
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Well, I see they're still running with that Absolut bottle gag that was absent from the TIFF screenings, and they're still, uhh, downsizing the significance of Hong Chau's role in the film.
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re: Downsizing (2017, D: Alexander Payne) S: Damon, Wiig, Waltz, Chau

The wife is extremely interested in this one. I think it might be fun.
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re: Downsizing (2017, D: Alexander Payne) S: Damon, Wiig, Waltz, Chau

So I watched this last night.

Yes, I know it doesn't open until the 22nd. It's screener season for Academy members and a friend (who is a member) let me watch her screener.

I'll keep my thoughts fairly generic since it hasn't officially opened yet, but I was disappointed. 1st of all, it was way too long. 2 hours and 13 minutes. It started out kind of neat as a cute little satire about people frustrated with their lives (Damon and Wiig) and using this Downsizing opportunity in order to help improve the quality of their lives. I think that premise alone could have worked as a 90 to 95 minute movie.

then it takes a 180 degree turn and the movie turns into:

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a really dark, doom and gloom end of the world, end of days movie. They show some miserable, sick and unhappy people through the last half of the movie. Damon meets and falls in love with a Vietnamese illegal immigrant who is struggling to survive after the downsizing turn. Wiig, who plays his wife, chickens out on the Downsizing and leaves him. Damon's character is very unhappy and miserable after that until he meets the Vietnamese woman.


I was hoping for something more light and fun. It definitely wasn't that especially after the big change in the tone.

I'll give them a C+ for at least trying. Some people may like this, but it's definitely not for everyone.
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re: Downsizing (2017, D: Alexander Payne) S: Damon, Wiig, Waltz, Chau

Yeah, it seems like after some really strong initial impressions, the buzz on this has cooled considerably. As a huge Payne fan, that's disappointing, but I will still see it.
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Yeah, it seems like after some really strong initial impressions, the buzz on this has cooled considerably. As a huge Payne fan, that's disappointing, but I will still see it.
Yep, if Alexander Payne's name is on something, I'm there no matter what.
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re: Downsizing (2017, D: Alexander Payne) S: Damon, Wiig, Waltz, Chau

As it's an Alexander Payne directed movie, I will definitely be checking this out.
Old 12-17-17, 06:40 PM
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re: Downsizing (2017, D: Alexander Payne) S: Damon, Wiig, Waltz, Chau

This doesn't look good at all, and based on the really crappy reviews - I'm pretty certain that my initial impressions are accurate.

I'll catch this on a stream or something for shits and giggles... just won't be paying any money to watch it.
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re: Downsizing (2017, D: Alexander Payne) S: Damon, Wiig, Waltz, Chau

Home video watch for me. Maybe.
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I love Alexander Payne. I donít think heís ever made a movie I disliked. And I enjoyed this one too. Itís certainly not on the level of Sideways or About Schmidt, but not much is. I still think lesser Payne is better than most of the stuff that makes its way to my theater (which hardly ever gets the Oscar contenders and is always full of sequels and remakes).

I actually didnít think it felt overlong, I was never bored with it. I thought Waltz stole the movie in his scenes - he looked like he was having a great time. Since all of Payneís movies have a undercurrent of sadness to them, I didnít expect it to be as light and broad as the trailers suggested.

Like I said, itís not an upper-echelon Payne flick, but you could do worse. Just understand itís not a broad, breezy comedy about people getting shrunk and the hijinks that ensue. I think the trailers did the movie a disservice marketing it that way.
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Three bombs in a row for Matt Damon in 2017, not to mention a shit ton of bad press for his comments about the sexual harrasment scandals in Hollywood.
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Three bombs in a row for Matt Damon in 2017, not to mention a shit ton of bad press for his comments about the sexual harrasment scandals in Hollywood.
And a dead father.
Old 12-26-17, 07:05 PM
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I agree with DJariya. I didn't like the direction this went.

I am a fan of Payne and I can say this is easily his worst film.
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Re: Downsizing (2017, D: Alexander Payne) S: Damon, Wiig, Waltz, Chau

Its Alexanders Payne's first bad film IMO. I thought it was awful. The concept of downsizing was basically abandoned after 25 minutes. Nothing in this movie worked for me. It was basically a bunch of half baked ideas sloppily pieced together. 2/5.

I'll take Honey I Shrunk the Kids over this any day of the week.

Obviously film success means nothing compared to losing your father. But it's been a rough 18 months for Damon none the less.
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Re: Downsizing (2017, D: Alexander Payne) S: Damon, Wiig, Waltz, Chau

I saw this last week. Was really looking forward to it.

I was disappointed in it. I found it hard to sympathize with the Damon character. He seemed to be drifting through life and letting it happen to him and had little or no interest in guiding his destiny. In the one instance where he tried to embrace a direction/make a decision, he almost immediately backed away from that decision. His entire life seemed to be lived as a service to others. Please don't misunderstand what I am saying, helping others is a noble thing. Being a floor mat for others to walk all over isn't.

He also seemed to be an anti-Forrest Gump character. His desire to meet and fawn over famous people was also a character flaw which I disliked.

Overall, I would probably give this a 3 out of 5 stars. It was slightly interesting but I don't think that I would be interested in seeing any other stories from the world.

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Re: Downsizing (2017, D: Alexander Payne) S: Damon, Wiig, Waltz, Chau

Well, based on your description MScottM, now it sounds like a Payne movie. Movies about doormats are his thing!

I am a big fan of Payne, so it's too bad this is such a flop. The budget was $68 million and it brought in about $5 million over Christmas weekend. That's...not good.
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It's too bad Wiig was in this instead of Witherspoon staying. Marketing could've really pushed her and Laura Dern's (very tiny) involvement to capitalize on Big Little Lies success.

Here's hoping that Payne bounces back accordingly.
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Re: Downsizing (2017, D: Alexander Payne) S: Damon, Wiig, Waltz, Chau

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It's too bad Wiig was in this instead of Witherspoon staying.
Paul Giamatti originally being the lead was interesting to me too. I think he would've been a better "down-on-his-luck every man" than Matt Damon. Would've been much more difficult to market with him though.
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Paul Giamatti originally being the lead was interesting to me too. I think he would've been a better "down-on-his-luck every man" than Matt Damon. Would've been much more difficult to market with him though.
Not that it mattered in the end. I haven't seen it, but seems like an awfully expensive art house film that, generally, wasn't that well received.
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Re: Downsizing (2017, D: Alexander Payne) S: Damon, Wiig, Waltz, Chau

Finally watched it. 1st half was good, 2nd half was horrible. The whole concept was thrown out the window. it died for me with the maid stuff. her voice was so annoying i just couldn't. My wife fell asleep, I read the synopsis on wiki and ffwd the last 45 mins
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Re: Downsizing (2017, D: Alexander Payne) S: Damon, Wiig, Waltz, Chau

A friend of mine with a degree in physics keeps going on about how the premise of this would be impossible, as the people who are shrunk wouldn't survive because they wouldn't be able to eat regular food, and they'd starve. I had to remind him THIS IS A MOVIE ABOUT PEOPLE BEING SHRUNK, an impossible premise from the get-go.
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Re: Downsizing (2017, D: Alexander Payne) S: Damon, Wiig, Waltz, Chau

As a physician I'm intrigued : why couldn't a shrunken person eat small amounts of regular food like ground beef, grains soups or at least protein shakes? Is his premise that they wouldn't be able to take in enough calories to function? I would counter that small mammals like mice and squirrels get by on much lower calorie requirements; can't we assume time people would haberdashery tiny caloric and nutritional requirements as well?
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Re: Downsizing (2017, D: Alexander Payne) S: Damon, Wiig, Waltz, Chau

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A friend of mine with a degree in physics keeps going on about how the premise of this would be impossible, as the people who are shrunk wouldn't survive because they wouldn't be able to eat regular food, and they'd starve. I had to remind him THIS IS A MOVIE ABOUT PEOPLE BEING SHRUNK, an impossible premise from the get-go.
I haven't seen the movie, so I don't know if it was addressed, but wouldn't they also shrink food? If a person could be shrunk, just shrink a cow, chickens and crops.
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^ That was my first, logical assumption, as well. Unfortunately, my friend, while extremely intelligent, doesn't always seem to allow simple pieces of logic to come to the surface. He's basically Sheldon Cooper, but hairier.
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Re: Downsizing (2017, D: Alexander Payne) S: Damon, Wiig, Waltz, Chau

The back cover art shows a character carrying a Saltine cracker that's nearly as big as she is, so I assume they eat regular food in much smaller quantities.

I bought the movie as I am a huge Payne fan, but I'm kind of scared to watch. I guess he was due for a total dud eventually.

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