May 17, 2022


Born to play

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

Really don’t Glimpse Up • Published by Adam McKay and David Sirota • Netflix

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I dread I will hardly ever value the humour in Netflix’s new movie Really don’t Glimpse Up (written by Adam McKay and David Sirota) until eventually we all cease squabbling about information that pose an existential danger. Sure, it is terribly intelligent. Sure, it is properly-produced and properly-acted, and meticulously casts Meryl Streep, as a feckless Trumpian US president with an eye for the most important opportunity. I know it is funny, but I won’t be able to snicker. It truly is like reading through Personal Eye: the humour won’t be able to squeak previous its very depressing underlying fact.

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

In hindsight (have been it available to them), they could have done much better to article the news and supporting information on Twitter, wherever the world’s astronomers, journalists, and activists would at least have used some seriousness. But this movie’s focus on is the unsavoury industrial complex shaped by the standard media, politicians, and business.  


President Orlean (Meryl Streep) chairs a White Household assembly to explore the imminent Armageddon.

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So instead, our heroes do the time-honoured point of contacting the authorities. In this case, these are NASA scientist Teddy Oglethorpe (Rob Morgan), who gets them an appointment at the White Household with President Orlean and her chief-of-team son Jason (Jonah Hill). While they hold out just outside the house, larger problems seize precedence within the Oval Workplace.

“Does the president know why we are in this article?” Randall asks. “They know,” Oglethorpe suggests wearily. 

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In frustration, they transform to the media — a newspaper, which insists on scheduling a Television set appearance for publicity. 

“Continue to keep it mild, fun…” the producer tells them as they’re currently being prepped for early morning airtime. This is definitely the tactic of Television set hosts Jack (Tyler Perry) and Brie (Cate Blanchett), who following all are in this article each working day and have to retain their audience’s passion. 

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

In satirising contemporary America’s absence of qualification to tackle an existential crisis, Really don’t Glimpse Up ignores choices. No activists hearth up strategies. No bloc of governments convenes to obtain solutions. In this movie, it seems that only the US can help save us. Hollywood is not prepared for motion pictures in which China rescues the environment, even if the relaxation of us would be grateful.

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