The sci-fi comedy’Don’t Look Up‘ was hugely successful in using a meteor about to collide with Earth as a metaphor for countless incidents that could cause life on Earth to go extinct.
For good connoisseurs, the meteor could very well be replaced by climate change or the Coronavirus pandemic.
Because of this, the plot criticizes denialism and the lack of government support for science, making the film a mirror of what we are currently experiencing.
with about 152.29 million of hours watched in the last week alone, it is clear that the feature also caught the attention of haters.
During an interview for the IndieWire, the director Adam Mckay touched on the subject and said that he thought of the film precisely as a way of stinging denialist politicians.
“When the film was finished, I thought [no senador da Vírginia, EUA] Joe Manchin. I wanted him to feel touched by what we’ve shown towards our country’s politicians. My dream was to know that Manchin watched the movie and imagined himself on the screen.”
For those who don’t know, Manchin was one of the politicians who withdrew support for the social and environmental investment package proposed by the president Joe Biden by 2021, an initiative that aims to combat future climate disasters.
Between August and September 2020 alone, the US suffered from several natural fires spread by the dry climate, devastating countless cities in Colorado, Oregon, California and Washington.[display-posts orderby="rand"]
At least 35 people ended up dying from burns and smoke poisoning.
Even the sister of McKay almost died because of the fires, which motivated him to bet even more on the film’s release.
“My sister had to evacuate her home in Portland to avoid death from the fires and smoke during the pandemic. Friends of mine across the country were going through the same thing, and around the world millions of people were dying. There were a few nights I couldn’t sleep. My wife asked what was going on and I said, ‘This is a million times worse than we expected.’ In the last two years, we have experienced the greatest threat in human history.”
In addition, the filmmaker said that another major concern was to show how the media sensationally conducts subjects that should be treated more seriously.
In the film, this aspect is represented by Tyler Perry e Cate Blanchett like newscasters who prefer to ignore the apocalypse to encourage comical and futile debate.
Meanwhile, a tech billionaire played by Mark Rylance tries to take advantage of the whole situation, just as private companies try to profit from catastrophes in the real world.
Anyway, McKay said he didn’t want to make anything like a documentary because he knew people would ignore the message.
Instead, he leaned on comedy to make the subject more relaxed without straying from the main debate.
“I believe there are many ways to tell a story, and depending on the direction we’re going, it can attract or alienate audiences. The big reason why I decided to bet on comedy in ‘Don’t Look Up’ it’s because our society acts like the characters in the movie and I knew people would laugh about it. I wanted to get into this messy fight and see if there’s a different way to tell these stories.”
now available on Netflix, the satire divided the specialized critic in the Rotten Tomatoes and opened with 63% approval, as noted 6.40/10.
According to the general consensus, “‘Don’t Look Up’ aims for something too big to land on consistently, but McKay’s satire hits its target of collective denial.”
Check out the main comments below:
“‘Don’t Look Up’ It’s all about science, baby” – Inverse.
“Certainly one of the worst movies of 2021 – an arrogant, unbearable mess” – Midwest Film Journal.
“The concept of the film could be quite practical – in careful hands” – Globe and Mail.
“‘Don’t Look Up’ maybe the funniest movie of 2021 – and the most depressing too” – San Francisco Chronicle.
“A movie with all the right things to say […], but conceived within a satire so clumsy it’s enough to turn a tree hugger into a pro-deforestation one” – TheWrap.
The great cast includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Rob Morgan, Jonah Hill, Mark Rylance, Tyler Perry, Timothée Chalamet, Ron Perlman, Ariana Grande, Scott Mescudi, Himesh Patel, Melanie Lynskey, Michael Chiklis, Tomer Sisley, Cate Blanchett e Meryl Streep.
Astronomy student Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence) and her professor, Dr. Randall Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio), discover that a comet is about to crash into Earth, but no one seems to care. Alerting humanity to the fateful impact of the Mount Everest-sized rock will not be easy. With the help of Dr. Oglethorpe (Rob Morgan), they embark on a media tour that ranges from the office of aloof President Orlean (Meryl Streep) and her sycophant son Jason (Jonah Hill) to the airwaves of The Daily Rip, a humorous morning show hosted by Brie (Cate Blanchett) and Jack (Tyler Perry). With just six months to go before the collision, grabbing the attention of the media and a social media-obsessed audience proves to be a shockingly comical challenge – what will it take for the world to just look up?
The movie premieres on streaming today December 24, 2021, in time to win awards season nominations.
McKay is no stranger to high-caliber productions, as he commanded the incredible ‘The big bet’ (earning five Oscar nominations, including Best movie) e ‘Vice’, which took the statuette of Best Makeup and Hair home.
McKay joins as producer alongside Kevin Messick.