I’ve already seen The Last Jedi, and I wanted to see something with friends on Christmas Eve. The movie I ended up seeing was one of the strangest and most awkward movies I’ve ever watched: Downsizing.
Should the trailers be believed, it’s your conventional comedy/drama set in the near future. It takes place in world where people have learned to “downsize” themselves, in an effort to reduce environmental impact. Side note: I believe that the “green” message of the movie is the point of the movie. The movie even begins with scientists discovering how to do “downsize”.
The movie then follows a man who makes the choice to downsize, with his wife. Seems pretty normal premise so far, like a film that would capitalize on the comedy that situation might provide, right?
This movie throws so many left-field twists at you. Mostly for no reason. When I say it’s a weird movie, I mean it’s a freaking weird movie.
Please note, if you’d like to avoid spoilers (I really don’t suggest you see this in theaters), then don’t read anything past this point. I’m going to be open and candid about this, because I believe the trailers make the movie seem deliberately more “normal” than it is.
The wife avoids downsizing, so there’s the added drama of a divorce. There’s a lot of awkwardness with learning about how to live his life both downsized and divorced. The movie gets even worse and introduces a smuggler neighbor and makes him a main character.
The movie gets even WORSE when the actual love interest is introduced. She’s Vietnamese and her accent is not only played for laughs, but is pretty much the main source of comedy after she’s introduced. I could get into the fact she’s missing a leg and how that’s also played for laughs, but I think you get the idea for now.
And, to top it off, there’s an apocalypse subplot?
Downsizing is currently holding at 51% on Rotten Tomatoes and has opened to lackluster reviews. Just…do yourself a favor, and don’t see this mess. It’s so weird.