Don’t Look Up! A satire that hits close to home!
Don’t Look Up stars Jennifer Lawrence as PHD candidate, Kate Dibiasky and Leonardo Di Caprio as Dr. Randall Mindy; they are astronomers who find a comet so big that it will destroy earth. As they try to warn the country, they team up with the Planetary Defense Coordination Office head Dr. Teddy Oglethorpe (Rob Morgan). Dr. Oglethorpe helps them get a meeting with the President (Meryl Streep) and her Chief of Staff (Jonah Hill). The meeting doesn’t go well, and they end up at the Washington Post who gets them an interview on the show The Daily Rip with Jack Bremmer (Tyler Perry) and Brie Evantee (Cate Blanchett). There Dr. Mindy and Kate try to warn the hosts and the world about the impending doom. The hosts try to make light of the issue and Kate has a melt down on live Tv and it doesn’t go over well with the public, whereas Dr. Mindy is turned into a sex symbol. Dr. Mindy up and loses his way and his wife June (Melanie Lynskey).
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The President, who is in a scandal, decides that blowing up the comet will help her get back in the public's good graces. They all watch as they send General Benedict Drask (Ron Perlman)on a ship to disintegrate the comet, only to be stopped by Billionaire Peter Isherwell (Mark Rylance) because he wants to mine the comet of its minerals. Therefore, putting the whole world in danger. Amid all this, Kate befriends skaters as she now works as a cashier. She begins a relationship with one skater Yule (Timothy Chalamet) whom they travel to meet with Dr. Mindy at his house where they see the comet come closer.
This movie is a commentary on how when we have inept leadership who has their own agenda and easily persuaded by billionaires instead of the interest of the people who they serve. This movie points out how easy something that simple as saving the planet can become more complicated when politics and self- interests are involved. This movie makes a statement in a satirical way that is easily palatable to the viewer and does not come out preachy. The acting was strong. I enjoyed the banter between Tyler Perry and Kate Blanchett. The diversions story of the pop star (Ariana Grande) and the rapper ((Scott Mescudi aka Kid Cudi) was another commentary on how we put celebrities in higher relevance than the safety of the world.
I enjoyed the movie and got the message. Some people may not like it because of what the message is of the movie, but it is entertaining and there are many strong performances.