‘Don’t Look Up’ review: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence headline a scathing climate-change satire that occasionally veers off course
Not surprisingly alarmed, their findings rapidly reach the White Home, where the president (Meryl Streep, inadequately served by the ridiculousness of her character) is too preoccupied with her threatened Supreme Court select to concentrate on what Randall refers to as an extinction-level occasion. After unproductive backward and forward, she concludes that they’ll “sit tight and assess” the scenario.
From there, “Don’t Look Up” is off to the races with a scathing indictment of whatever about our media and political environment, from the happy-talk news program (anchored by Tyler Perry and Cate Blanchett, standing apart as particularly egotistical television anchors) to sites preoccupied with traffic and social-media memes.
McKay and Sirota provide a spot-on attack on how quickly sidetracked individuals (particularly in media) are, focusing on Kate’s hair and clothing and neglecting the compound of her message.
The efforts to make that point, nevertheless, careen hugely in various instructions, from a tech billionaire (Mark Rylance, embracing a not-of-this-world accent) who sees chances to capitalize the comet’s natural deposits to the president’s chief of personnel (Jonah Hill), who can just see the danger in regards to how it may affect the midterm elections.
Still, “Don’t Look Up” keeps getting sidetracked, thanks in part to accumulating celebs in bit parts (witness Timothée Chalamet’s belated entryway for no specific factor) and pursuing subplots that drag out the stress on whether these problematic leaders will discover the perseverance and sobriety to act.
As was plainly its intent, “Don’t Look Up” utilizes satire to stimulate a discussion about possibly neglecting a crisis up until it’s far too late. It’s a sobering message, however one that comes barreling towards us through the lens of an unequal motion picture.
“Don’t Look Up” premieres Dec. 10 in choose theaters and Dec. 24 on Netflix. It’s ranked R.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.