If you’ve ever longed for a grown-up version of Honey I Shrunk the Kids, you’re in luck, as the first trailer has dropped for a movie in which Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig do just that.
Co-written and directed by Alexander Payne – whose previous credits include Election, Sideways and The Descendents – and co-starring Christoph Waltz and Jason Sudeikis, Downsizing is a high-concept comedy with the following synopsis…
Downsizing imagines what might happen if, as a solution to over-population, Norwegian scientists discover how to shrink humans to 5 inches (13 cm) tall and propose a 200-year global transition from big to small. People soon realize how much further money goes in a miniaturized world, and with the promise of a better life, everyman Paul Safranek (Matt Damon) and wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to abandon their stressed lives in Omaha in order to get small and move to a new downsized community — a choice that triggers life-changing adventures.
The movie recently opened the Venice Film Festival last week, and early word has been good, with The Guardian calling it “a gorgeous, giddy parable of a modern-day Lilliput” and Variety referring to it as “a ticklish and resonant crowd-pleaser for grown-ups.”