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Don't Look Up - A Movie Review

A Movie Review

By sedhu sundarPublished 7 months ago 3 min read

Adam McKay's talent for mixing comedy and drama is evident in his previous works, such as "Anchorman" and "The Big Short." However, his latest film, "Don't Look Up," falls short of expectations, lacking insight into social media, technology, global warming, and human existence. The film boasts a star-studded cast, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Ariana Grande, Cate Blanchett, Tyler Perry, and Jennifer Lawrence, among others. Despite this, the film fails to capitalize on the cast's talent, instead, opting for anti-provocative jokes about celebrity culture rather than addressing the impending threat of a comet hurtling towards Earth. The film's editing is complicit in short attention spans, intercutting between different framed pictures and hopping between scenes. The movie fails to say anything new about how misinformation became a political cause or the role technology plays in society. While there are some funny moments, the film's lack of urgency and character development leaves the audience wanting more.

Unfortunately, Rylance's character feels like a caricature of these figures, rather than a nuanced exploration of the issues they represent. It's not that the movie doesn't try to say something about these topics, but rather that it does so in a way that feels shallow and uninteresting.

In the end, "Don't Look Up" is a movie that tries to be both a comedy and a drama, but fails at both. Its jokes fall flat, its characters are underdeveloped, and its themes are handled in a way that feels superficial. The cast is wasted on a movie that doesn't know how to use them, and the audience is left with a film that is both tedious and forgettable.

It's a shame, because Adam McKay has proven himself to be a talented filmmaker in the past. But with "Don't Look Up," he seems to have lost his touch. Perhaps he was too ambitious, trying to tackle too many issues at once. Or perhaps he simply didn't have a clear enough vision for what he wanted this movie to be.

Whatever the reason, "Don't Look Up" is a disappointment. It's a movie that had the potential to be great, but instead settles for mediocrity. If you're looking for a thought-provoking satire about the state of the world today, look elsewhere. "Don't Look Up" is not that movie.

The movie also attempts to tackle the role of social media in shaping public opinion, but it does so in a clumsy and heavy-handed way. In one scene, a character named Peter Isherwell (played by Chalamet) delivers a monologue about how social media has created a world in which people are more concerned with likes and shares than with the truth. But the message feels forced and lacks nuance, and it's not helped by the fact that Chalamet's character is barely developed beyond this one scene.

In the end, "Don't Look Up" is a missed opportunity. It had the potential to be a sharp satire about our current cultural and political moment, but instead it settles for easy jokes and tired cliches. The movie seems to be saying that we're all doomed because we're too distracted by celebrity gossip and social media to care about the bigger issues facing our planet. But this message feels simplistic and reductive, and it's not enough to sustain a movie that clocks in at over two hours.

In conclusion, while the casting of "Don't Look Up" is impressive, the movie itself falls short of its potential. Adam McKay's trademark blend of comedy and drama doesn't quite work here, and the film's attempt to tackle weighty issues feels half-baked and unsatisfying. Overall, "Don't Look Up" is a disappointing addition to the director's filmography, and one that's likely to be forgotten quickly.

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