Don’t Look Up is a 2021 American satirical science fiction comedy film written, produced, and directed by Adam McKay. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence as two low-level astronomers attempting to warn mankind, via a media tour, about an approaching comet that will destroy Earth. Rob Morgan, Jonah Hill, Mark Rylance, Tyler Perry, Ron Perlman, Timothée Chalamet, Ariana Grande, Scott Mescudi, Himesh Patel, Melanie Lynskey, Cate Blanchett, and Meryl Streep round out the ensemble cast. The film is a satirical allegory of media, government, and cultural indifference to the crisis of anthropogenic climate change. Grande and Mescudi also collaborated on the song “Just Look Up” as part of the film’s soundtrack.
In December 2021, we are back with a variety of original content from the streaming service Netflix and continued with the movie Spider-Man: No Way Home streaming vf. One of them is the film Don’t Look Up, directed by Adam McKay, who previously successfully directed the film The Big Short. Don’t Look Up is also considered as one of the most anticipated films at the end of 2021 because it involves a number of well-known Hollywood actors..
Synopsis of the film Don’t Look Up tells the story of Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence) and Dr. Randall Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio), a pair of students and professor of astronomy. One day, the two of them found a large meteor that was ready to destroy the Earth. The two then warned the government, but their discovery was ignored at all even though it was a threat to mankind.
Don’t Look Up Netflix movie review
The conflict in this film begins when Kate Dibiasky finds a very large meteor. His discovery had received appreciation from Dr. Randall Mindy, who thought that the existence of the meteor had never been known to any scientist before. However, after researching deeper, Mindy realized that the meteor would actually hit and destroy the Earth within six months.
The threat to the extinction of humanity then makes Kate and Mindy panic so they go to meet Janie Orlean (Meryl Streep), the president of the United States. The hope is that the president can coordinate with NASA to stop the meteor. Unfortunately, the two explanations were ignored by Orlean who thought their discovery would damage his political image.
This then made Kate and Mindy take steps to spread their findings to the public through the mass media. However, again their words did not get a serious response from the community. Both of them now have to try even harder to convince the world community that the Earth will be destroyed by a giant meteor within six months.
The process of Kate and Mindy in opening people’s eyes to the disaster that will befall them is presented in a very pleasant way. Because, this film basically does have a comedy genre. So, even though the plot seems serious and terrible, you will still be entertained through a number of comedic scenes in this film.
It’s just that the presentation of the conflict in this film is too convoluted so that many scenes are not too important to the storyline. One of those moments is Mindy’s romance drama that appears and just disappears. If these unimportant scenes were not present, this film certainly would not have a very long duration, which is 2 hours 18 minutes.
As discussed in the previous point, the film Don’t Look Up carries the comedy genre, more precisely dark comedy or dark comedy. You see, this film presents comedy in the midst of a theme that should have a tragic impression and not be a joke. However, this type of comedy is usually present as a form of satire or satire against certain parties.
In Don’t Look Up, the satire is addressed to politicians, businessmen, to ordinary people who do not believe in scientific matters. Because, in this film, politicians really take advantage of the meteor’s existence for their political interests. Likewise with business people who prioritize the profits of the meteor rather than the safety of mankind.
Interestingly, even though the theme is about the threat of meteors, this film’s satire is quite satirical and relates to the world conditions that have been hit by the COVID-19 pandemic in recent years. Because, there are also some governments who initially underestimated the existence of the virus even though initially they had received warnings from scientists. Their attitude ultimately has a negative impact on society.
This film also briefly presents a moment that shows the division of society into two camps, namely those who believe in meteors and those who do not. This is also of course the same as the condition of the community in the real world who are also divided between those who believe in the existence of COVID-19 and those who don’t, as well as the anti-vaccine camp.
Whether intentionally or not, this film is very successful in making allusions to the reality of today’s world. That’s why, even though the plot seems convoluted, this film is very worthy for you to watch with your closest people during this pandemic to remind you how dangerous it is if we ignore scientists.