In Don’t Look Up, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence attempt to warn humanity that the end of the world is near. Is this new comedy by Adam McKay available on Netflix worth a look?
WHAT DOES IT TALK ABOUT ?
Two poor astronomers embark on a gigantic media tour to warn humanity that a comet is heading towards Earth and is about to destroy it.
WHO IS IT WITH?
Adam McKay has assembled an XXL cast for Don’t Look Up. Along with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence, the cast of this squeaky comedy includes Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill, Cate Blanchett, Timothée Chalamet, Kid Cudi, Mark Rylance, Ron Perlman, Tyler Perry, Himesh Patel, Melanie Lynskey, Michael Chiklis, Tomer Sisley but also Ariana Grande. A great vintage of stars.
WELL WORTH A LOOK ?
Known for his great comedies, such as Featured Presenter, Brethren despite themselves or The Very Bad Cops, Adam McKay has focused in recent years to scratch the Americana in more creaky dramedies. And after The Big Short and Vice, two works turned to the past, it is with Don’t Look Up that the American screenwriter and director takes a cynical look at our present and future potential.
Through the mission of two astronomers desperately trying to warn humanity, Adam McKay offers a hilarious satire on political and civic inaction in the face of the climate emergency, which could also be put into perspective with the pandemic we are going through. The American genius succeeds in making people laugh at more than probable situations and one finds oneself in the end grinding our teeth in the face of so much stupidity, – however probable! -, from the characters.
In Don’t Look Up, it’s the end of the world, we’re all going to die and… nobody cares. Citizens, politicians and the media have other fish to fry than to deal with a comet that will destroy the planet. This is the postulate of Adam McKay which makes it possible by humor to remind us to face our responsibilities and which hides behind this fantastic fiction a sad reality.
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Everyone takes it for their rank and no one escapes criticism, which makes the whole thing even more delicious. Especially since the high-flying cast gives themselves to their heart, with exuberance, madness, wigs and costumes and well-felt punchlines. We think in particular of Meryl Streep and Jonah Hill, a tasty and completely unleashed duo in the skins of the President of the United States and her son and chief of staff.
The headliners, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence, are also impeccable and take us by the hand in this rhythmic and intense whirlwind. Let’s not forget the tandem Cate Blanchett and Tyler Perry whose chemistry is more than palpable in their spicy scenes as presenters of a morning show of a 24-hour news channel.
Adam McKay once again proves his eye for detail in the background of his film with stereotypical and excessive but constructed characters, hard-hitting dialogue and a relevant plot. And that precision is also found in its form with effective staging.
And this, even if the film does not avoid a little breathlessness along the way before reaching its almost 2 hours and 20 minutes. We still would have liked Adam McKay to put the bullshit cursor even further, but is it possible to do even worse than reality today?
From Don’t Look Up, we retain an incisive but sometimes agreed upon statement, wacky and detestable characters, an all-star cast involved and a succession of striking and hilarious sequences. Nor will we do without the upcoming hit “Just Look Up” by Ariana Grande and Kid Cudi. And we advise you to stay until the end for the unmissable post-credits scenes!