Don’t Look For Critics > Movie Reviews > Movies
through Lewis Kennedy. Posted Mon Jan 17 2022 9:05 AM
Society clings to ignorance, especially in the face of information that creates uncertainty, we prefer to turn our attention to quiet distractions, like social media and let that be someone else’s problem.
Don’t Look Up presents this idea perfectly with legendary comic book director Adam McKay and an all-star cast including Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo Di Caprio, Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill, Timothee Chamalet, Cate Blanchett, Ariana Grande and many more. .
The film opens with astrology student Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence) discovering a new star. However, his teacher, Professor Randall Mindy (Leonardo Di Caprio), discovers that this new star is actually a comet and is heading towards Earth.
He calculates he has the ability to wipe out the entire human race when he is expected to strike in six months.
They immediately request an audience with President Janie Orlean (Meryl Streep) at the White House. However, the president’s response to this is to “sit quietly and assess”.
Her son Jason (Jonah Hill, and a hilarious portrayal of Donald Trump Jr), who is also chief of staff, also responds by saying “that’s just not dope” and ridicules Kate for her mullet.
Even when their story hits the headlines, the public is more interested in the rift between pop star Riley Bina (Ariana Grande) and DJ Chello (Kid Cudi cameo).
After being rebuffed by the White House, Mindy and Kate decide to present their evidence to a nationally televised chat. But they get a similar response and Mindy is seen as a sex symbol (dubbed ‘the sexiest scientist alive’ by the show’s co-host Brie, played by Cate Blanchett (they later end up having a relationship).
With Kate’s face becoming instantly recognizable as a (“we’re all gonna fucking die”) meme going viral.
An alternate title for the film could be The Sexy Scientist, The Mullet, and The Money-Grabbing Republicans.
It’s a cleverly acted commentary on society, which often leaves audiences laughing and feeling completely bonkers, but tinged with tragic irony is that it mirrors our addiction to cellphones.
When reality finally hits the government, their nuclear bomb launch to knock the comet off course is called off as they leave Earth’s atmosphere, as cellphone oligarch Peter Isherwell (Mark Rylance) discovers he contains raw materials worth a trillion dollars, which he wants to mine.
Who would have thought we would laugh so hard at a movie that depicts the end of humanity, especially when it shows exactly what is wrong with our planet, which is our attitude towards how we let’s take care.
Surprisingly relevant to today’s world when it comes to climate change and the pandemic, and who we choose to listen to, scientists or politicians or the Elon Musks of the world.
This satire is both comedic and dramatic, while completely poking fun at American politics, especially Republicans (“the administration’s attitude toward the poor is that they should pick better lottery numbers”).
While it would have been a joy to see this film on the big screen, you can watch it as many times as you want on Netflix. A word of advice – don’t skip the credits at the end.
In the end, it’s a good laugh, and that’s what makes it magical.
Purple revolver note 4/5