Matt Damon goes mini in Venice opener ‘Downsizing’
“Downsizing’’ has generated jumbo-sized buzz at the Venice Film Festival — not least as viewers debate how to describe it.
Is it a science fiction film, a romantic comedy, a political parable, an apocalyptic thriller? Alexander Payne’s movie mixes all those elements in its story of a man, played by Matt Damon, who tries to solve his problems by shrinking himself.
Payne says that despite its sci-fi premise and international canvas, “Downsizing’’ is not so different to the films he’s best known for — funny-sad stories of middle aged or Midwestern strugglers such as “About Schmidt,’’ ‘’Sideways” and ‘’Nebraska.”
“It has the same sense of humour and basically the same tone,’’ Payne told reporters in Venice Wednesday.
That tone alternately puzzled and thrilled viewers in Venice, where the film has its gala premiere in the festival’s coveted opening-night spot. Several recent Venice openers, including “Gravity’’ and “La La Land,’’ have gone on to win multiple Academy Awards.