“Two low-level astronomers must go on a giant media tour to warn mankind of an approaching comet that will destroy planet Earth.” – IMDB
Oftentimes, when I see an all-star cast, stacked from top to bottom with Hollywood A-listers, I immediately despair. Let me clarify…
While it may not always be the case, it seems that having this many stars in a film signals something deeply flawed in the rest of its composition…usually the writing. We see this in those sappy holiday movies from Valentine’s Day to New Year’s Eve and I would include Love Actually in that list as well (YES, I AM PROUDLY IN THE MINORITY THAT HAAAATES LOVE ACTUALLY)! And Don’t Look Up is no different.
Don’t get me wrong, I am as liberal as they come and I demand action on climate change. However, listening to the Hollywood elite in this movie, those who fly on private jets and own fossil fuel-chugging luxury yauchts, would make anyone nauseous. There is a way to do political satire and this ain’t it. Dr. Strangelove, this is not.
While this film has some comical moments (led mainly by J-Law and Jonah Hill), they are few and far between. Instead, it feels like you’re watching a bunch of out-of-touch actors congratulate themselves on being smarter than everyone else and passing the buck of responsibility onto everyone but themselves. And with a two-and-a-half-hour run time, it feels like one long (excuse me) circle jerk.
So, I can understand if you’re curious and can’t resist the allure of the big names. I obviously couldn’t. But beware and be warned, this movie does little but make you feel worse about this crazy old world we’re living in. So I would pass and go enjoy your free time, or go plant a tree. You’ll do more to help the environment than this $110 million movie did.
Rating: 5 out 10 Claire Bears
If you like this movie, you should also watch: The Big Short, Vice
With: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep
Directed By: Adam McKay