When scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall as a solution to overpopulation, Paul (Matt Damon) and his wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to abandon their stressed lives in order to get small and move to a new downsized community — a choice that triggers life-changing adventures.
“The Chairman” – The concept of the movie really had me intrigued. In a world where resources are dwindling, a scientist perfects the process of miniaturization on the cellular level and his goal is to save humanity from itself. However, the execution of this concept missed the mark in the worst way possible, by being one step below “OK”.
I rarely do this but I am going to give my reasons for disappointment in point form:
- Matt Damon – You feel almost nothing for his character, the movie wants you to sympathize with his circumstances but you end up feeling rather indifferent towards him. This is the first time and hopefully the last time that the “Team America” Matt Damon reared his face…..MAATTTT DAMMMMOONNN!
- Racist Accent – There is a Vietnamese character in the movie, who while being played by an Asian person, the accent she has throughout the movie offended me personally (and I am not even Asian). So stereotypical and frankly tone-deaf. I am not even trying to be Politically Correct, it is just so awkward.
- The Writing – This movie was written by two people (Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor) and it felt that way. It doesn’t know if it’s a comedy, drama or even a dramedy. There is literally only one memorable line of dialogue, and it revolves solely around different types of SEX. It is a very funny scene, had me rolling.
Christoph Waltz does his best to try and save this movie, which is a lot, but this can’t save the movie from mediocrity. 5.5/10
I do feel there is huge potential in developing this concept for the small screen, Netflix I am looking at you…make this happen!