Director – Alexander Payne
Cast – Matt Damon, Hong Chau, Kristen Wiig, Christoph Waltz, Jason Sudeikis, Neil Patrick Harris, Laura Dern
Rating – 4.5/5
Often, while watching a movie, it might surprise you with a moment of absolute clarity – it could be a line of dialogue, a scene, or a bit of music – that makes you wonder if it was a fluke. The cynicism is understandable because, as we can all agree, moments such as this are rarer than an understated Nicolas Cage performance.
However, this is not a thought that will cross your mind during Downsizing, the new movie by one of the finest living American filmmakers, Alexander Payne. It’s a movie that offers, by my admittedly shaky estimation, at least one idea of pure, unshackled brilliance every ten minutes. After a point — I’d say it comes during a particularly jaw-dropping twist at the end of the first act — you’re either going to feel massively cheated, or you’re going to be convinced you’re witnessing a work…