Review: Downsizing

22 Feb 18

Surprisingly charming

Another film that I feel has gotten a bad rap, possibly because it doesn't fit squarely into a genre. A quirky (sci-fi) dramedy with an absurd yet oddly believable premise that surprises! Initially it seems like a typical mopey middle-age crisis drama ... but the introduction of new interesting characters and experiences soon takes us in unexpected directions. In my opinion, Hong Chau's character Ngoc Lan Tran steals the show. Does the narrative seem a little unfocused at times? Perhaps ... but then again, maybe we are just used to all the questions 'asked' being tied up for us in a nice little bow ... this one leaves them a bit more open-ended.