“Don’t Look Up”

Add “Don’t Look Up” to the list of movies that start with a good idea but fail miserably with execution. Despite a mega-wattage cast and Oscar winner Adam McKay writing and directing, nothing can save this overbearing and tiresome project. I won’t mince words: this is a bad film.

A giant comet is on a certain collision course with Earth, approaching the planet at an alarming speed. When it hits in less than six months, all life will be swiftly destroyed. After taking their discovery to the White House and facing a disinterested President (Meryl Streep) and her doofus son (Jonah Hill), it’s up to astronomy grad student Kate (Jennifer Lawrence) and her professor Dr. Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio) to warn society of its impending doom. The problem is that nobody seems to care.

The comet makes for a hot news story, hitting the airwaves on a popular talk show that’s hosted by the upbeat Brie (Cate Blanchett) and Jack (Tyler Perry), and goes viral on social media, but the seriousness of the situation is dismissed without much care. When things reach the most dire point, an eccentric billionaire (Mark Rylance, in a truly terrible performance) is more concerned with monetizing the comet rather than helping destroy it.

Putting a smarter, political spin on a classic disaster movie is a decent idea, but the thinly-veiled commentary on climate change and corporate greed is overblown. McKay writes a mildly amusing satire that’s not particularly smart nor profound. The typical liberal hit list is all here, from reprimanding the exploitation of tragedy, to mocking Trump’s America, to wagging fingers at science deniers. Talk about preaching to the choir. The film will appeal to those very people who shake their heads and can’t understand why a large chunk of the nation would continue to support and vote for politicians who actively work against their best interests.

Another problem is that the movie further politicizes science in a way that could very well make those Americans who already express disdain and disgust towards “liberal elites” decide to close themselves off even more. Do we really need more Hollywood films that seem to look down on the very people who could stand to hear the message?

I don’t have a conservative bone in my body, but even I found “Don’t Look Up” to be smug, irritating, and borderline intolerable.

By: Louisa Moore

15 comments

  1. Not sure why anyone would call this a bad film. Most thought-provoking movie of 2021 for sure. Oh that might explain why some don’t like it. Some don’t want us thinking.

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      1. Here’s more: The movie did a great job at portraying all of the downsides of our American institutions. The greed of capitalism, the egocentricity of politics, the worship of celebrities and the escapism of sex, alcohol and drugs by ordinary citizens. This was brilliant and it challenges the viewers to question if they participate in these groups and then the ultimate question is, are you doing what is most important in your life today? Whether it is a comet or the return of Christ, the world is ending and it could be tomorrow. Are you satisfied with that? I know we love our consumer culture but although this movie was very entertaining to watch, it should be used for thought-provoking introspection. Great movie.

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      2. What an interesting interpretation! Thanks so much for sharing. I can see where so many viewers have come away with such differing opinions on the film. I appreciate you taking the time to share this.

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  2. Not a conservative bone in your body? Huh… could have fooled me. I see why you hate this movie. You think this movie is making fun of you. Snowflake.

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to comment. Would love to hear more about your thoughts on this. I hated the movie for myriad reasons but at its core, it’s just a bad film. No need to be insulting and rude when expressing your opinion.

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      1. “The typical liberal hit list is all here, from reprimanding the exploitation of tragedy, to mocking Trump’s America, to wagging fingers at science deniers. Talk about preaching to the choir. The film will appeal to those very people who shake their heads and can’t understand why a large chunk of the nation would continue to support and vote for politicians who actively work against their best interests.”

        Do I honestly need to explain any further? You literally say it yourself. How do you not see it… haha

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      2. It’s a film made by smug liberals, for smug liberals. That’s my point. And I’m certain I’m not alone in saying that people like that annoy EVERYBODY, both liberals and conservatives.

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      3. Sounded like this film took a swipe at pretty much everyone on the political spectrum.

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      4. My dear, your bias is showing. Yes, we realize that you are like the rest of the sheeple who are afraid to criticize the idiots running amok. I am so glad they are fighting back against the ridiculous “critics” out there like you, “non-conservative”.

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