Trailer for Downsizing is weird, smart, and totally unexpected

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When you "downsize", a modest $52,000 translates to $12.5 million, which allows everyone to live like tiny kings.

The movie, which stars Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Christoph Waltz and Jason Sudeikis, is out in the USA in December, and should arrive in the United Kingdom not long afterwards.

Paramount has released a Downsizing trailer tease. We've got the best houses, the best restaurants. While the synopsis does say that their choice "triggers life-changing adventures", a lot of the trailer seems devoted to a sense of wonder and strangeness.

The trailer presents "downsizing" as a Lilliputian Utopia, but there also comes major risks, such as inclement weather, hungry animals, and the occasional oversized shoe. Days later, when it screened at the Telluride Film Festival, "Downsizing" received a more divided response.

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I love the out-there premise of this film - something you could easily see as an episode of The Twilight Zone if it was approached through the lens of tragedy instead of comedy and the early reviews flooding out of film festivals position Downsizing as an innovative genre film that's backed by a healthy dose of social satire.

The movie is the latest from two-time Oscar-winning director Alexander Payne, whose credits include Election, About Schmidt, Sideways, The Descendants and Nebraska.

Downsizing follows a Paul (Matt Damon) and Audrey (Kristen Wiig), a couple who, in an attempt to abandon their stressed lives in Omaha, decide to shrink themselves and move to a new downsized community when Norwegian scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall and propose a 200-year global transition from big to small. Downsizing opens in in the United States on 22 December 2017.

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