Don’t Look Up is probably the only film I’ve seen that made me want to cry and laugh at the exact same time. Yeah, it sure is funny but what we’re laughing at is the sorry state that our world is currently in and how we care more about power, money, fame or social media presence than we would if we were facing the end of days
When a team of astronomers discovers a comet bigger than the one that wiped out the dinosaurs, they’re shocked to find how hard it is to get the news out there…and if they do, will anyone care?. They embark on an impossible media mission to warn the world of the inevitable apocalyptic boom.
Don’t look Up is directed, written and produced by Adam McKay with a phenomenal cast including Leo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep, Mark Rylance, Jonah Hill, Tyler Perry, Timothée Chalamet, Ron Perlman, Melanie Lynskey, Hamish Patel, Ariana Grande & Kid Cudi.
As you can imagine, with a cast like that, the acting is as good as it gets.
I’m sorry though, not all of it worked for me. I thought the Ariana Grande and Kid Cudi sequence seemed way too fake. Yeah, I know they were playing fake characters, but it seemed very forced to me. However, they both made up for it with a brilliant pop song we get treated to in another cringe scene.
Meryl Streep pretty much plays Donald Trump, and oh my god! she is so good. Jonah Hill plays her clueless, power-tripping and very annoying son who uses his mother’s presidential superpowers to get what he wants. They care more about politics than the apocalypse.
Leonardo DiCaprio plays the head astronomer, Dr Randal Mindy with Jennifer Lawrence brilliantly playing his student Kate Dibiasky who initially notices the comet plummeting to Earth. DiCaprio is hilarious and this is my favourite performance since he starred in The Wolf of Wall Street.
Mark Rylance plays the eccentric tech billionaire who runs a huge App called BASH. Think of him as a terrifying mix of Bill Gates, Elon Musk & Jeff Bezos. His almost anthropophilic approach to everyone around him is hilarious and terrifying at the same time.
Those are only some of the characters that make up the film. Trust me, there are still some surprises in store for you all…like Ron Perlman’s hilarious character. Enjoy.
An awesome satirical comedy with an almost Black Mirror vibe because of how real and frightening it seems. . A few scenes didn’t do it for me but apart from that, Don’t Look Up is in my top 3 comedies of the year.
As always, thanks for reading
Review by GG