Great films that develop a sci-fi concept in intriguing comedy drama directions: Pleasantville, Stranger Than Fiction, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Truman Show, Groundhog Day, Being John Malkovich, Be Kind Rewind... This Payne misfire isn't even close. At least his prior record won't totally Shyamalan his rep.
For years Alexander Payne (Nebraska and Sideways)toyed with the idea of downsizing people to save the planet. It took him years to render the right story and script. He focuses in on the detail as he sweeps us into this helter skoelter future. At Bafta he had Hong Chau and the amazing Chris Waltz. populated by small people but not enough opt for smallness to save the planet.
I haven't been this disappointed in a film in quite some time. As a big fan of Alexander Payne's work, this film left absolutely no impression and was a total misfire. It has a clever premise, but it doesn't expand on this premise to a point where it matters. The execution is poor and the whole meaning is lost about 40% of the way into the film when it goes in a completely different direction.