Adam McKay against laziness, clearly satirical

In 2018, I protect the director Adam McKayscene between credits in Evil behavior. In the context of teenage girls not interested in politics and more interested in Fast and furious movie. While other moviegoers find McKay hypocritical and condescending, I sympathize with his feelings that a certain depressed citizenry continues to repeat his mistakes and that Donald Trump’s election is clear. is why filmmakers choose to do Evil behavior– both a condemnation and a warning. Well, it turns out I was wrong, and McKay just likes to feel good about his audience as if he was the only one reading the newspaper or opening a book. His latest movie, Don’t look up. first minute and then continue for another 125 minutes. If somehow you don’t know that our polarization and capitalist interests keep us from solving any problems, McKay is happy to beat you to that simple observation.

Astronomer Dr. Randall Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio) and PhD student Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence) has discovered that a comet is headed straight for Earth and will destroy our planet in about six months. Unfortunately, in our media-saturated landscape, spreading that information to the masses and making the President look like Trump Janie Orlean (Meryl Streep) and her idiot son / chief of staff Jason (Jonah Hill) to respect the severity of the situation is impossible. After Orlean decided to cover up the comet’s appearance due to the midterm arrival, Mindy, Dibiaksi and fellow scientist Dr. Clayton “Teddy” Oglethorpe (Rob Morgan) put their revelations in the press, but still couldn’t break through. Even when Orlean’s interests change and she decides to deflect the comet, her plans are interrupted by Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Isherwell (Mark Rylance), who wanted to mine the comet for its precious resources.


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While the obvious metaphor here is about climate change, you can also apply the lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is that in a polarized society like ours, we have reached an epistemological crisis where scientific facts simply don’t show our respect. , action, or even our undivided attention. We like to believe that we are rational beings despite all evidence to the contrary, but in the face of certain doom we will simply retreat into the realm of laid-back entertainment (represented by famous couple Riley Bina (Ariana Grande) and DJ Chello (Scott Mescudi)), entertainment masquerading as news shows (represented by do Tyler Perry and cate Blanchett).

That strategy worked for McKay in 2015 The Big Short because financial concepts are complex. The average person doesn’t know what a credit card swap is or why they keep hearing “subprime mortgage,” and part of how the financial industry can leverage its power is to make people feel like they are so stupid. join. Evil behavior doesn’t work very well, but it still has some lessons to teach like the importance of executive unity theory and how to have a direct line from the George W. Bush administration to the Trump administration. However, you can see McKay’s frustration with the American people running rampant in the Evil behaviorand now it’s in a primordial scream Don’t look up.

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The point is that McKay’s shout has nothing to add to the conversation we don’t already know. We are all living through the same pandemic as him. Everyone saw how users on social media sided with the effectiveness of the vaccine. McKay’s fatalism is not wrong; it’s just obvious and condescending. Yes, we are polarized because of the combination of political goals, capitalist goals, and information entertainment machines combined with social networks, but do people really not know that this is the case? is happening? Or take it a step further, do you think this movie can convince those who don’t agree with him? Don’t look up It’s not a sneak attack, it’s an angry attack, and no one wants to be lectured for two and a half hours on a subject they already understand. McKay’s great frustration seems to be that no one behaves rationally without really understanding identity politics. Yes, the media and politics could polarize further, but in a film so lacking in empathy, McKay has no hope of reaching anyone but those who already agree with him.

McKay’s conclusion to his angry scream in the movie is, “Well, at least I tried,” but Don’t look up not much effort. Doesn’t take much effort to make a basic observation, tiresome and doesn’t add anything we don’t already know. It doesn’t take much effort to make a movie with well-meaning celebrities and ask Netflix to pay for it. It doesn’t take much effort to make a movie where almost every character is incompetent or spoiled but then intermingle it with random “life” images to try and also make the case that we ta is worth saving (specifically the editing is brutal as every jump cut and cutscene screams “Get it?!” with the action happening in the scene).

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All that remains is a movie that feels incredibly smug. The commenter jumped into a conversation and said, “Why don’t we talk about this,” And McKay answers his own question—we’re not talking about it because we weren’t strong enough to prevent disaster. Don’t look up not a cautionary tale but a fateful chorus that we’ve heard countless times before. It doesn’t have an original insight and it’s too disdainful of everyone and everything that needs to be remembered to tell a good joke. It was a relentlessly tedious experience as I agreed with all of McKay’s points and worked out how he chose to make them completely unfixable.

Rating: F

Don’t look up hits theaters on December 10 and arrives on Netflix on December 24.

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