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Don’t Look Up review: Meryl Streep’s Female Trump wins satire

Prepare yourself for a gritty Crimbo (Image: Netflix)

Netflix decided to change the trend for the usual festive warmth and well wishes this holiday by releasing what may be the saddest new viewing option available on Christmas Eve – Don’t Look Up.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s still catchy and even funny at times and boasts an all-star cast of the year (LeonarNSo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett and Timothée Chalamet, for beginners only).

However, seeing a very close alternate reality captured on the big screen and so real on the big screen is a mind excursion after what we’ve endured for the past 21 months and it’s almost like a bit too close to home to enjoy properly.

Of course, this is entirely the view of writer-director Adam McKay, whose previous films (The Big Short, Vice) have shown he enjoys showing the darkest of parodies. in scenarios that are often fast-moving and complex.

This time, however, the glitchy cast couldn’t quite incorporate the rampant satire as the film spanned multiple places in its nearly two-and-a-half-hour run time.

Even so, it’s certainly still a film worth admiring and appreciating, as a genre against Armageddon or Deep Impact. Astronomy graduate student Kate Dibiasky (Lawrence) and professor Dr. Randall Mindy (DiCaprio) discovered a comet during a direct collision with Earth, little known that the disaster, often is the driver of standard apocalyptic movie prices, just the beginning of the woes as they struggle to tell people what they really don’t want to hear, with the help of NASA scientist Rob Morgan.

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Lawrence is treated like her usual deadly wise self, which shouldn’t be too difficult for her, but she has a perfectly realistic trajectory as the movie girl who cries hysterically when she tries to emphasize the danger of the Earth situation on national television.

DiCaprio also excels as the beautiful, middle-aged and often low-level panic Mindy as he grapples with the sheer volume of the task at hand, as well as being dubbed by the American media as ‘an astronomer’ sexy’.

However, the film credits of course go to Streep as the famously apathetic and ideological President Orlean, who has a sadly close relationship with her academic advisor and son Jason (Jonah Hill).

Welcome to a Scary White House (Niko Tavernise/Netflix Photo)

It’s disturbing how good she is as this all-too-familiar presidential figure, more interested in playing power games than in the impending doom of the planet. Orlean presents as a broader and slightly more chaotic version of Streep’s famous Miranda Priestly, but also dangerous (and this time, you know, taking control of nuclear weapons).

Cate Blanchett is barely recognizable as the overrated host of Brie, who prefers to focus solely on upbeat stories for her morning show The Daily Rip with her co-star Jack (Tyler Perry). – even when the world is coming to an end. Her character’s style and work program seemed all too logical and exactly the kind of incentive for the questionable behavior of a Generation Z pop icon (Ariana Grande in a rather barbaric cameo).

Don’t Look Up is also a film that puts on a tanned and dazzling shell Mr. Mark Rylance plays the mild-mannered tech mogul Peter Isherwell and cast Chalamet as the lovable rock, so it’s quick for that. But the momentum of the plot involving billionaire Isherwell (it didn’t take a genius to figure out how he could fit into the story) took quite a while to really kick in.

Lawrence and DiCaprio must fight to warn humanity of the dangers of comets (Picture Niko Tavernise/Netflix)

As always, the film’s main problem is that it’s too long for its good. Half an hour’s lopping could tighten this up into a more paced thriller with humorous elements – but again, it’s not quite as funny as one might think. Moments of hearty laughter are few and far between; it quite grimaces and snorts to recognize.

The film’s ending really packs a punch, allowing for moments of emotional realism in its cast and an ending that goes against Hollywood convention. Also, if you want real stupidity right after, don’t miss the scene between the credits, which offers a nice bonus.

Chalamet has a long time ago (Image: Netflix)

Don’t Look Up is still a movie worth watching if you’re a fan of McKay or satire or any of the cast, as it offers a thought-provoking if depressing proposition and powerful performances.

It’s also very well-observed and nuanced – but so much so that it’s realism, perhaps with a few broad-leaved comedies, leaving you out of enjoyment.

After the resistance to the facts seen in recent times, the harbinger of an entirely possible reaction to an apocalyptic situation may be a bit overwhelming…especially at Christmas.

Don’t Look Up releases in select UK cinemas on December 10th before streaming on Netflix from December 24th.

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