Don't Look Up

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"Based on truly possible events."
  • R
  • 2021
  • 7.2  (590,701)
  • 49

Don't Look Up is a satirical comedy film released in 2021 directed by Adam McKay. The movie is a critique of society's complete apathy towards global threats and the propensity of professionals to ignore major risks, especially when ignored by media and government officials. The movie stars an impressive cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep and many other Hollywood A-listers.

The story begins with two low-level astronomers, Kate Dibiasky played by Jennifer Lawrence, and Dr. Randall Mindy played by Leonardo DiCaprio, who discover a humongous asteroid heading towards Earth. They promptly sound the alarm and notify the President of the United States to take immediate and direct action to stop the asteroid from destroying the Earth entirely. However, the President played by Meryl Streep, doesn't see it as a pressing problem and instead wants to use it as a PR opportunity for her re-election campaign.

Kate and Dr. Randall try to raise awareness about the potential impact of the asteroid on the world, but their warnings are largely ignored, and the public is more concerned about reality TV shows and hashtags. They decide to take a trip to news networks to get the story amplified on a global level, so people are more aware of the severity of the situation. They visit several news networks, including a conservative news network, where their warnings are met with skepticism and disbelief, and the drunk publicist of the network, played by Jonah Hill, antagonizes them.

Despite their efforts, the government, in collusion with big industry players, chooses to ignore the asteroid's existence, and the planet falls into irreparable chaos. The film presents a bleak view of the world in the face of the struggle for survival. The message is clear, and its purpose is to appeal to the audience's conscience to take responsibility and respond to global threats seriously.

Don't Look Up is partly sympathetic and partly cynical, but at no point is it dumbed down, nor does it pull any punches in its assessment of modern society. Despite the bleak theme, the film manages to keep a light comedic tone and is quite entertaining throughout with Adam McKay signature quick, snappy one-liners, that you can expect from the director who also gave us The Big Short and Anchorman.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence shine in their roles, and their chemistry on the screen is delightful. Meryl Streep also gives an outstanding performance as the President of the United States, managing to present a believable portrayal of an elected leader utterly uninterested in saving the world.

In summary, Don't Look Up is a scathing indictment of modern society's social and political landscape, yet remarkably entertaining. It's a must-watch for those who believe we need to start taking better care of our planet and aim for more profound consciousness. While the message of the movie is serious and concerns real issues that humanity is currently facing – from climate change to the global pandemic – it is presented in a way that is accessible and entertaining for a wide audience, making it a thought-provoking and significant contemporary film of our time.

Don't Look Up is a 2021 comedy. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.2 and a MetaScore of 49.

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