“Don’t look up”, lamb! Adam McKay’s comedy about a comet that will destroy the Earth, does not hit the target

“Don’t Look Up”, is a toothless satire film directed and succinctly written (with David Sirota) by Adam McKay. The film targets targets as wide as the comet that doctoral student Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence) discovered late one night in the lab. According to orbital dynamics, the earth will be impacted – and completely, completely and completely – in an estimated period of six months and 14 days. Kate and astronomer Dr. Randall Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio) told NASA scientist Dr. Clayton “Teddy” Oglethorpe (Rob Morgan), and together they went to tell President Madame Janie Orlean (Meryl Streep). But President Orlean kept scientists anxiously waiting for more than a day. Once the President meets with them, she asks them to “sit back and evaluate.”

This strategy, or lack of it, makes Kate and Dr. Mindy, who speak to the media and participate in the popular daytime talk show, “The Daily Rip”, hosted by the difficult couple. count Jack Bremmer (Tyler Perry) and Brie Evantee (cate Blanchett). But even when they gave the bad news, “We will all die for the king!”, they remained indifferent. However, their appearance spawned a handful of memes and Dr. Mindy became “America’s sexiest scientist.”

Viewers of “Don’t Look Up” (please call it “Just Don’t Watch!”) will shrug if they don’t yawn. It took almost 40 minutes of this tense 140-minute comedy to get it all done and there was so little laughter. Apparently Streep tries to squeeze every moment of her screen into humor playing a president who could be dumber than Trump. (She is quoted as having once said “Poor people should choose better lottery numbers,” and transmitted a photo of her genitals.)

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McKay finally created a political division between those who believed and supported the findings and fears of the astronomers and the working-class supporters of President Orlean, who blindly disregarded truth, truth, and science and wearing a “Don’t look up” hat. But for what? The movie is clearly mocking the sheep climate change denial. Possibly the only funny shot is when pop singer Riley Bina (Ariana Grande) performs a power ballad with the lyrics, “Get your head off your ass / and listen to the scientist who has damn level.”

“Don’t Look Up” has some funny moments, but there are more offensive moments that are meant to be amusing. Colonel Ben Drask (Ron Perlman) is seen calling ten-year-olds “p*ssies” when he teaches them exercise on the White House lawn, and he often makes some very insensitive remarks. . A hilarious joke that excuses his misconduct because, “he’s from a different generation.” Alas, no cancel culture funny here.

McKay and Sirota often repeat a joke in the hope that it will generate laughter. A little comic involving General Themes (Paul Guilfoyle) charging Kate, Dr. Mindy, and Teddy for free snacks. Kate can’t seem to get past this, having mentioned it many times to many people. It’s meant to be deadly humour, but it only dies on arrival.

At the beginning of the film, Peter Isherwell (Mark Rylance), a technology giant of the Bash industry, is demonstrating a new product. He came out like a new age Mr. Rogers, which is pretty clever, until his big tech conglomerate gets involved in politics. Bash industries try to disrupt the comet so they can greedily mine the billions of dollars of rare minerals it contains, and his evil alliance with President Orlean is used as a campaign stunt. It lacked inspiration, or as Kate told her Missionary skater boyfriend Yule (Timothée Chalamet) and his friends, “They’re not even smart enough to be as bad as you’re putting them on.”

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McKay isn’t smart enough here either. His films are poorly paced and sloppy editing. Thankfully, he only rarely gets into the wink he used in “The Big Short” and “Vice,” which gives his film a smug, condescending feel. The media and social media parody here is tiresome, no strings attached. McKay also missed a real opportunity to emphasize the point BIPOC female scientists are not taken seriously. He can make Kate a woman of color.

The actors do what they can with extra material. Jennifer Lawrence made a commendable effort as Kate, whose voice of reason and delight tells President Orlean that she didn’t vote for her, but her childish squabbles. with his chief of staff/Orlean’s son, Jason (Jonah Hill) very hurt. That said, a scene where she screams, “You’re going to die! You’re going to die”, as if she were Oprah gives a car It’s funny on TV.

Leonardo DiCaprio gets a Howard Beale in the “Network” moment when Dr. Mindy had a meltdown on “The Daily Rip.” DiCaprio tries to be funny when it comes to portraying the anxiety and crippling nerds of his characters, but he’s at best in manic mode.

To assist, Rob Morgan seems to be of no use, even in one particular scene where Teddy is captured, while Mark Rylance offers a wonderful twist in what is essentially a thankless portrayal. As President Orlean, La Streep displayed her typical, me-like behavior. She tries too hard to be gross – note her wandering seal. Her nude scene is easily her best moment on screen. Her performance is too bland compared to Cate Blanchett’s sassy television personality, a difference about one of her characters in “Manifesto”. Blanchett was especially invaluable in giving a “get to know you” speech to Dr. Mindy, and in her response as he recounted her life story.

“Don’t Look Up” scores a few good points and gets a chuckle or two, but for the most part, it’s lead when it can be grotesque, sluggish when it can be a screw bullet. . This apocalyptic comedy should have been more fun.

“Don’t Look Up” hits Netflix on December 24. Watch the trailer for the movie below, via YouTube.

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