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Don’t look up begins like many other catastrophic sci-fi movies. A huge asteroid is heading towards our planet. Mankind is in danger of being devastated if no one finds a bailout. Dr. Randall Mindy (Leonardo Dicaprio) and Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence), who was the first to notice the looming threat. The problem is, no one takes them seriously. The president of the United States (Meryl Streep) is more interested in the upcoming election campaign, news broadcasts prefer to talk about happier events, and the rest of the public doesn’t believe in disasters. Does this sound familiar to you? Director Adam McKay brings our flaws to the surface and examines them closely. We have become a very suspicious, self-centered society, concerned only with its own profits. We prefer to believe our neighbor or a YouTube or Facebook celebrity rather than an expert.
Creator Vice i Big Short simply described what is happening in the world right now. References to pandemic reality are visible to the naked eye. Politicians who, against all common sense, look after their own interests rather than those they are supposed to defend, is a universal problem. Madam President, played by Meryl Streep, is the female equivalent of Donald Trump, but it is not hard to believe that French parliamentarians would behave the same in such a situation. Neglecting everything that you don’t understand is commonplace and has been part of humanity since time immemorial. After all, our Prime Minister has already announced the end of the pandemic on several occasions. Some people will deny the facts for the rest of their lives. Even when they know they are wrong, they don’t want to admit it. The same is true of the media, which have long since moved away from providing the public with reliable information about what is going on, and instead focus on controlling their audiences with the right messages. And so in Don’t look up Journalists on morning shows are more interested in how Dr. Randall looks, which is much nicer for their viewers. His hysterical and screaming partner does not meet the criteria of a star in their eyes. And it doesn’t matter that they didn’t come to television to be popular, but to give the public information that the government is trying to suppress. Nobody really cares. What matters is the audience, the viewers, the “likes”, the celebrity.
In 1998 Michael Bay directed the hit film Armageddon, in which the whole world united to destroy an asteroid flying towards Earth. Everyone just wanted to survive and were able to put their personal wars aside for later. Russia and the United States worked hand in hand to stop the cataclysm. Adam McKay shows viewers a different side of the story, in which such a deal doesn’t exist, and those who can save the world begin to calculate how much money they can make out of it all. Let’s face it, we live in an age where money and profits matter.
Enormous power Don’t look up It’s not only the storyline that faithfully mocks reality, but the characters in this drama as well. The director invited the biggest names in Hollywood and brilliantly used their potential. The duo formed by DiCaprio and Lawrence complement each other perfectly. Leonardo is a quiet scientist who gets nervous when he has to speak in public. He does not control his verbosity, which has the effect of annoying his interlocutor very quickly and discouraging interest in the subject presented. Jennifer speaks in plain, simple language that reaches the average listener, but absolutely does not reflect the image of a scientist, and therefore is not taken seriously. Maryl Streep is utterly brilliant as a self-centered president who only thinks about his approval rating. And Jonah Hill is perfect as her middle-aged son, whose ego grows with his mother’s position.
Every role in this film is brilliantly distributed. I’ll just quote Cate Blanchett and Tyler Perry as the reporters on the morning show. In addition, Timothée Chalamet plays the role of the rebel without a cause very well. Each of these characters steals the show every time they appear onscreen.
To look at Don’t look up I had a scene from the third season of the show in front of my eyes. Press roomin which Will McAvoy (played by Jeff Daniels) talks to a scientist about the fact that the human species is doomed to extinction. And maybe this interview was taken more seriously, but the conclusion was the same. We are made for. Adam McKay has similar thoughts, but delivers them in a more sarcastic way. Maybe in between bursts of laughter, we’ll think it’s time to make some changes so that we don’t end up like the characters in his film.