I’m not usually one to take shots at ambitious films by well-respected directors — especially ones that bombed at the box office. But Alexander Payne’s Downsizing presents an irresistible case because it’s such an interesting failure.
Nitpix has put together a detailed essay explaining why Downsizing is one of the worst “smol” movies ever (i.e. a movie in which the protagonist is shrunk down to a smaller size):
- It seems to completely abandon its sci-fi premise almost immediately, despite introducing it twice.
- It raises many interesting social and political issues that it fails to explore meaningfully.
- The plot’s structure is a mess and the film sputters to an end.
- Matt Damon’s character is a big nothingburger and completely uninteresting and unsympathetic.