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Movie Review: Don’t Look Up

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio, Rob Morgan, Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill, Cate Blanchett, Tyler Perry, Mark Rylance, Timothée Chalamet

Director: Adam McKay

Genre: Comedy, Satirical

Duration: 138 Minutes

Now streaming on Netflix

PhD candidate, Kate Dibiasky (Lawrence) discovers a comet and her colleagues celebrate her find. The celebration is short-lived after her advisor, Dr Randall Mindy (DiCaprio), calculates that Comet Dibiasky is highly likely to hit Earth in six months. Dr Teddy Oglethorpe from NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office confirms the calculation and the fact that the comet is likely to destroy Earth.

The three meet with President Orlean (Streep) who downplays their findings. Leaking it to the press produces the same results. The public is more interested in Dr Mindy’s good looks, making fun of Kate’s reaction to not being taken seriously and a celebrity couple’s breakup. That’s Don’t Look Up in a nutshell, with the three practically begging the world to look up, and the guys in power, saying they shouldn’t.

Full disclosure, I loved, loved Don’t Look Up. It is heavy on the kind of satire that shows who we have become as humanity. The scientists tell us we need to increase forest cover and we seem to agree but as soon as an investor wants to raze a whole forest, we look the other way because… jobs and development. Meanwhile, we will plant a tree here and tweet using #GoGreen and move on to the next newsbyte. The cast also brings their A-game in a delightful way.

That said, the movie might not be everyone’s cup of tea, and indeed it has received several bad reviews, with some referring to it as farcist overdramatisation, which is ironic, considering the movie’s storyline.

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