"Downsizing" Review Venice 2017 The Hollywood Reporter: Bottom Line - Big and Beautiful

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'Downsizing': Film Review | Venice 2017
8/30/2017 by Todd McCarthy 
Hollywood Reporter


The Bottom Line

Big and beautiful.


Alexander Payne's latest, which opened the Venice Film Festival, stars Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig as a husband and wife who shrink themselves in order to simplify their lives.

Downsizing is a wonderfully outsized movie for these times if there ever was one. Alexander Payne has taken a conceit heretofore used for gag-oriented sci-fi and comedy, that of shrinking human beings down to the size of a finger, and breathtakingly transformed it into a way of addressing the planet's overriding long-term issue. Captivating, funny and possessed of a surprise-filled zig-zag structure that makes it impossible to anticipate where it's headed, this is a deeply humane film that, like the best Hollywood classics, feels both entirely of its moment and timeless. It was a risky roll of the dice, but one that hits the creative jackpot.

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