“Downsizing” Review


Downsizing (2017)

Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing” has the recipe to become one of a kind movie – thought-provoking, funny and engaging. In the film, Paul and Audrey Safranek (Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig) are a couple who decide to undergo a revolutionary “downsizing” procedure to become four inches’ tall people and, from then on, not only instant millionaires, but also the ones contributing to making environment better by reducing their carbon footprint. This fascinating concept and such stars as Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz and Kristen Wiig all promise a cerebral, astute social satire. What “Downsizing” ends up being? A disappointment. Strangely deviating from its own fascinating concept of small people, the second half of the film shouts bewildering environmental and political messages befitting more a climate or migration documentary, rather than a quality comedy/science-fiction film.

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Preview: “Tulip Fever”


Tulip Fever” is a forthcoming romantic drama directed by Justin Chadwick and based on a novel by Deborah Moggach (the original writer of “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” (2011)). The film is set in the 17th century Amsterdam, the Netherlands, at the peak of the so-called “tulipomania” when people were prepared to buy blossoming tulips for ridiculously high prices.  At the centre of the story is a young woman, Sophia (Alicia Vikander), who married an older man, Cornelis Sandvoort (Christoph Waltz), without being in love with him, and partly to gain stability and financial security. However, Sophia soon becomes infatuated with the young painter Jan van Loos (Dane DeHaan) after her husband commissions a family portrait from him. To gain financial independence, the duo of lovers then bet everything on the prosperous at that time market of tulips. Apart from anything else, “Tulip Fever” is now known for its long years of production, which dates back to 2004, when the original idea for the film emerged. Apparently, the film was due for a release in July 2016, but was pushed forward to this month of 2017.

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“Carnage” Mini-Review

Carnage (2011)

Directed by Roman Polanski and based on a hit play ‘The God of Carnage’ by Yasmina Reza, ‘Carnage’ is a drama-comedy about two couples who gather in an apartment to discuss and settle their sons’ playground brawl. Although the cast is great in this film, and the film has its funny moments, ‘Carnage’ still suffers from some major flaws, and one of them is the inability to capture the precise humour and wit of the theatrical play.

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“Carnage” Trailer

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