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Don't Look Up (2021)


🎙️ EPISODE 405: 02.21.22

I saw somebody (maybe it was one of the writers of this movie themselves?!) compare this to Dr. Strangelove basically with a sentiment along the lines of "all great satires are misunderstood in their time." And that's obviously embarrassing and hilarious but it did make me think, made me do a little devil's advocating if you will. Because it certainly seems like making a good satire these days is impossible on some level (if your'e not going the postmodern route like Yorgos Lanthimos, for example). If you're going to play it broadly (and I don't think Adam McKay knows any other way), you're bound to fail. The cynics are aplenty and — let's be honest — often right.
So I can commiserate to a degree, but only to a degree. For Don't Look Up is a bad movie. It's probably not AS atrocious as the pile-on-ers wanna make it out to be, but that's sort of the point of piling on, and I respect that too. Personally, I think this probably best enjoyed by simply switching brains with some average American (I'm thinking Midwesterner but it doesn't have to be), someone who watched this because they saw it slapped all over their Netflix interface (We're #1! We're #1!) and simply viewed this as a straight comedy about a comet on a collision course with earth and how those bumbling buffoons (on both sides of the aisle!) attempt to thwart it. Climate change? WHAT'S THAT??


Don't Look Up is a 2021 American science fiction film written, produced, and directed by Adam McKay. It features an ensemble cast consisting of Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Rob Morgan, Jonah Hill, Mark Rylance, Tyler Perry, Timothée Chalamet, Ron Perlman, Ariana Grande and Scott Mescudi. It tells the story of two astronomers attempting to warn humanity about an approaching comet that will destroy human civilization. The impact event is an allegory for climate change, and the film is a satire of government, political, and media indifference to the climate crisis. It was released on December 5, 2021.


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