Of Dont Look Up

Don’t Look Up is a 2021 American satirical disaster movie with an ensemble cast which includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Jonah Hill, Tyler Perry, Cate Blanchett, and Meryl Streep.

Don’t Look Up had a limited theatrical release on 10 December 2021 and started streaming on Netflix on 24 December. The film set a new record for the most viewing hours in a single week on Netflix, and as the second most-watched movie on Netflix within 28 days of release. Red Notice holds the record for being the most-watched movie in the first 28 days of release.

The premise of Don’t Look Up is simple to sum up… a planet-killing asteroid is discovered to be on a collision course with Earth in six months… tick tock.

The Good

This movie is a satirical take on your typical disaster movies such as the classical Armageddon or even  2012.. It is hilarious, even if somewhat a dark comedy, you might think you wouldn’t find the end of the world a funny event but you’d be surprised. Don’t Look Up just could be the thing you need to lighten up the day and reflect on humanity.

But don’t be fooled, just because it tackles things in a humorous manner doesn’t mean that it doesn’t pack some serious insights and themes. The writer, director and producer of Don’t Look Up, Adam McKay says that the movie was created as an allegory to the climate change crisis i.e. the way we have been dealing with the situation from the denial to the opting to profiteer instead of doing what needs to be done.

While the asteroid in the movie might have been a metaphor for the climate change crisis it could also serve as an allegory for almost any cataclysmic disaster that could threaten humanity. The movie could easily be about the COVID pandemic we have been facing…. Or maybe it might end up being literal, if you have watched the news you might have seen that we had an asteroid half the size of a giraffe or a fridge-sized if you cant visualise a half a giraffe crashing into Earth…

Maybe we should stop looking up 😂

The Bad

From experience with the last series I watched which was classified as a parody of psychological thrillers, I feel productions that try to balance the fine line between comedy and serious themes, end up tipping the scale too much to one side either ending up too absurd or too heavy-handed.

Don’t Look Up wobbles between the lines the first two-thirds trying to be a bit light and whimsy while the last third goes very dark…

The Ugly

While it’s mostly a light and funny take on disaster it is relentless in its message of showing how self-absorbed humanity has become, and how we deal with issues as spelt out in the title Don’t Look Up. It exposes a sort of ugly truth about humanity, especially in this digital era with social media where you will find the trending topics to be trivial issues while the important conversations don’t really get coverage..

The Daily Rip Show on Dont Look Up
The Daily Rip on Dont Look Up

There is a CEO of tech corporate who gives off Elon Musk meets Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg vibes and an embodiment of the threat technology has on our humanity… makes you think, maybe its not natural disasters we should be on the look out for…

Mark Rylance as Peter Isherwell CEO of Bash in Dont Look Up
Mark Rylance as Peter Isherwell CEO of Bash in Dont Look Up

Final Thoughts

Almost every single disaster movie I have watched has begun with people not listening to a scientist telling them something important…. Don’t Look Up is a reminder that we need to save the world while we still have time.

“In any realistic scenario of an existential threat, presumably logic would prevail, at least one would hope,”
-Don’t Forget To Look Up A Report by Philip Lubin and Alexander N. Cohen

Have you watched Don’t Look Up? What are your thoughts?

~B

18 Comments

  1. Watched it and actually enjoyed it, great review on a thematic level was impressed with how it didn’t shy away from how self absorbed and selfish humans have become and Mark Rylance brought that out quite well!!!

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    1. Thank you
      and certainly one hopes that we will still be rationale people to solve any crisis that may come our way…. but I do worry that we seem to be outsourcing our conscience to the internet
      ~B

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      1. It’s a very worrisome trend… Like how you’ll look up a review and instantly decide to dislike a movie because critics tell you that it’s a terrible waste of cinematic real estate… My small contribution to mankind is by writing movie reviews that will ultimately live you with the choice to make up your own mind 🥂
        The internet crowd sources our judgements and biases making it easy to fall off a proverbial cliff because everyone else is doing it…
        Hmmm I really should write this up as a full article on how for better or worse technology is turning us into a uni-mind (but what we should be worrying about is who or what is shaping our collective consciousness 🤔 )

        ~B

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  2. Dear Uncle of bloggers. I’m looking for a publisher in Harare who can publish a short novel I wrote. I thought u can help. I apologize for sending a response that is not related to your article

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    1. Hello hello no worries I’m here to serve 🥳
      A publisher you say 🤔 hmmm I don’t know one in Harare but I do know a publisher based in the diaspora but handles global and local distribution and I’ve seen and even read a few books by them: Carnelian Heart Publishing.
      ~B

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  3. Yes. I dug this film. It was somehow oddly subtle while being in your face at the same time. …the ending rocked mightily, actually… no spoilers.

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  4. Great review as always. I always appreciate your reviews you do them so well. I did see this movie and it was entertaining, and was like dry humor as it’s not a funny subject but funny in a sarcastic way. Maybe it’s called dry humour? Well, you said it all best as I’m just butchering my response! 🤣 I am going to read your review on The Adam Project as I really want to see that movie soon. 😁

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  5. Your review actually made me kinda want to watch it. I had no idea this was meant to be funny.
    Also – why is (almost) everyone looking up in the movie poster when they’re not supposed to?

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    1. Its definitely funnier than The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window.

      Hmmm I guess the poster is meant as contradiction just like the movie title itself is… makes sense when you watch it.

      ~B

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