Alexander Payne’s most-ambitious project tanked at the box-office due to poor marketing and confusion in the script, but is it a bad film? Far from it. I like to see Downsizing as a mix-mesh of genres, it started out as a comedy but converted itself as satire-drama that takes on racial, environmental and social issues. Story about Paul Safranek (Matt Damon) who opts to be “downsized” and moves to a small-people gated community to escape from his failure life, but there he realized there is something else to life. The film introduces many characters and guest stars, some will make you go “oh wow!” like James Van Der Beek and Laura Dern and other time, “why does Christopher Waltz excels in playing a dick?”. The film’s production took nine years before Payne’s critically acclaimed films The Descendant and Nebraska and has had change of entire casts and it dominates with hefty budget of $76 million. And perhaps the delay and misguided promo of the film (‘It’s a comedy!) leads to its dismissal in the box-office, but this unpredictable film gets its mojo on and hooks you right till the end: life still sucks even after you are downsized and the only solutions is to help others. I know, I even yelled out “Whaaaat?” after the credit rolls. A bit far-fetched, stretched and quirky, but Downsizing lingers in the mind and maybe more people should give it a shot.