Don’t Look Up, movie review: Smart, funny and depressing

Nancy J. Delong


You should not Glance Up • Composed by Adam McKay and David Sirota • Netflix

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I fear I will under no circumstances respect the humour in Netflix’s new film You should not Glance Up (penned by Adam McKay and David Sirota) right up until we all quit squabbling about facts that pose an existential threat. Certainly, it truly is terribly intelligent. Certainly, it truly is properly-produced and properly-acted, and meticulously casts Meryl Streep, as a feckless Trumpian US president with an eye for the key prospect. I know it truly is funny, but I won’t be able to chuckle. It truly is like studying Non-public Eye: the humour won’t be able to squeak previous its very depressing fundamental reality.

The plot: Michigan Point out PhD candidate Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence) finds a giant comet heading straight for Earth. She and her professorial supervisor, Randall Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio) estimate that it will result in an extinction-degree celebration. 

In hindsight (ended up it out there to them), they may well have done superior to submit the information and supporting knowledge on Twitter, exactly where the world’s astronomers, journalists, and activists would at the very least have applied some seriousness. But this movie’s goal is the unsavoury industrial complex fashioned by the standard media, politicians, and organization.  


President Orlean (Meryl Streep) chairs a White Property assembly to discuss the imminent Armageddon.

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So in its place, our heroes do the time-honoured issue of contacting the authorities. In this situation, these are NASA scientist Teddy Oglethorpe (Rob Morgan), who gets them an appointment at the White Property with President Orlean and her chief-of-staff son Jason (Jonah Hill). When they wait just outside the house, more substantial issues seize precedence inside of the Oval Place of work.

“Does the president know why we’re here?” Randall asks. “They know,” Oglethorpe states wearily. 

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In disappointment, they transform to the media — a newspaper, which insists on booking a Tv set visual appearance for publicity. 

“Maintain it light-weight, enjoyable…” the producer tells them as they’re remaining prepped for early early morning airtime. This is unquestionably the technique of Tv set hosts Jack (Tyler Perry) and Brie (Cate Blanchett), who just after all are here each individual day and should retain their audience’s passion. 

In the meantime, the head of NASA drives off significant media protection by contacting the comet “near-pass up hysteria”. 

In satirising fashionable America’s lack of qualification to deal with an existential disaster, You should not Glance Up ignores alternatives. No activists fireplace up strategies. No bloc of governments convenes to find remedies. In this motion picture, it appears that only the US can conserve us. Hollywood is not all set for videos in which China rescues the environment, even if the rest of us would be grateful.

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