Downsizing Was “Too Short”, Says its Director

Alexander Payne reflects on Downsizing, and argues that it might have needed more space...

Comfortably one of the most ambitious studio films we’ve seen over the past six months has been Alexander Payne’s Downsizing, starring Matt Damon.

Payne, the man behind movies such as Sideways, Election, and Nebraska, was met with a mixed response and box office challenges when the movie was released. And in a new interview with us to mark the film’s DVD and Blu-ray release in the UK, he’s looked back on the movie.

“In a way, I think it’s too short”, he told Den of Geek UK. “If those same narrative structures had been draped over nine hours of a miniseries, audiences may have been more forgiving. It starts one place, you could never guess where it had been going. That may have been a benefit rather than a liability. But I think that trying to shoehorn it into a less than two and a half hour film narrative? It’s a little too quick,” he conceded.

Downsizing is a big enough idea where it could fuel a TV show”, he added, but did also affirm that “I am still a movie guy.”

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The full interview with Payne, where he talks in detail about the movie and people’s response to it, can be found here.

Downsizing is available in DVD, Blu-ray, and on demand now.