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From: (Anonymous) Date: December 12th, 2017 04:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

Downsizing - Todd McCarthy

THR chief film critic Todd McCarthy said this bit of loveliness when naming Downsizing as his #1 pick for best film of the year:

Alexander Payne's film addresses one of the weightiest subjects there is, that of humanity's long-term viability on the planet, and does so as a humane comedy-drama without an ounce of pretension. A sort of Everyman tale like Hollywood used to make, this one zeroes in on Matt Damon's average Joe as he voluntarily joins the ranks of the miniaturized and embarks on an odyssey that is dramatic, picaresque, packed with unusual characters and quite impossible to predict.

I have seen the film twice, loved it both times and am a bit perplexed, but not shocked, by the coolness with which it's been received (it doesn't even open commercially until Dec. 22). Some critics seem to find the first act lovely, the second a misfire; others perhaps consider it a failed fable or somehow wrong-headed politically. I suspect that, despite its underlying seriousness about what is arguably the planet's most fundamental problem, it's simply that the film's basic intelligence, fair-mindedness and gentle nature are out of sync with the harsh, discordant and hate-filled tenor of the moment. To its credit, this is not a film that fits with the current zeitgeist.




From: Abigail Davidson Date: December 13th, 2017 02:10 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Downsizing - Todd McCarthy

Thanks for posting this. Nice to read someone likes the movie for what it is. The first reviews after Telluride came off like they were personally offended it wasn't dark.

Edited at 2017-12-13 02:46 am (UTC)
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