Flash Movie Review: Don’t Look Up
WHEN I CHOSE THE MOVIE I AM reviewing today, I did not realize a connection could be formed between the events surrounding today’s date and the film’s story. I honestly did not plan it that way; however, since I am writing about the movie on this day, there is no way I cannot point out they compliment each other. Now before I go into review mode, I want to stress a point; just like my fitness and yoga classes, I do not discuss politics or religion on this site. The reason is simple; every religion is valid to those who identify with that religion and politics, in recent times, is something where everyone has their own opinions and beliefs. I make it a point not to discuss either topic with a room full of people. I remember one cycle class I was teaching, where a participant made a snarky comment about a political figure. Before anyone could shout out a rebuttal, I looked at the member and told them I do not allow any political comments; they can be said outside of the classroom, because in class we all want to get a break from the real world and simply have some fun while exercising. That was the last time that member said anything political in my class. WITH THAT BEING SAID, I AM going to share my observations and feelings about what I saw today, one year ago. I saw a level of anger that reminded me of my encounter with protesters years ago when I participated in a peaceful march. I saw government property being destroyed. I felt I might be witnessing a revolution. As I sat in disbelief in front of the television, I wondered what was going to be the end game for the people attacking the capital. How would the world change if a politician was captured or even worse, murdered? From that day, listening and watching all the speeches and condemnations, I will tell you what I find appalling; people who denounced the actions of the protesters a year ago, now saying something completely opposite. To say a year later that the protesters were peaceful, or part of a far-left group planted at the capital, is something I find sad and dishonest. This is my opinion and I again stress, what would have happened if the vice president was captured? Or the speaker of the house? I heard as clear as day protesters calling out their names as they were looking for the politicians inside the capital building. To disbelieve what took place a year ago, is the horrible alternate reality that has risen in prominence the past few years. This movie satire turns a spotlight onto this alternate reality that is around us. SPOTTING THEN CALCULATING A DISTANT METEOR’S trajectory was on a direct collision course with Earth, was not the hardest part for two scientists. It was trying to convince an uninterested public. With Leonardo DiCaprio (The Great Gatsby, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood) as Dr. Randall Mindy, Jennifer Lawrence (Red Sparrow, American Hustle) as Kate Dibiasky, Meryl Streep (Little Women, The Post) as President Orlean, Cate Blanchett (Nightmare Alley, Thor: Ragnarok) as Brie Evantee and Rob Morgan (Mudbound, Stranger Things-TV) as Dr. Teddy Oglethorpe; this comedic drama had a stellar cast. The standouts for me were Cate and Jennifer. The script was sharp and biting (at least to me) but there was too much stuffed into it. There was one story line that was not believable to me; others were done in such a heavy-handed way that the scenes fell flat for me. The level of satire was outrageous. While watching this film, I did wonder if those who prefer living in an alternative reality would enjoy this film and to tell you the truth, I am not sure. Basing this strictly on entertainment value, I enjoyed watching it but was also a bit scared by some of the similarities to present life. There was an extra scene during the ending credits.
2 ½ stars
Posted on January 6, 2022, in Dramedy and tagged 2 1/2 stars, cate blanchett, comedy, drama, dramedy, jennifer lawrence, jonah hill, leonardo dicaprio, meryl streep, meteor, president, rob morgan, science. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.
I am so glad to read your review and find that your assessment aligns with mine. Everyone I know is raving about this movie whereas I thought it was entirely mediocre. I am so in the minority among my friends that I thought I must have missed something.
I thought the premise and concept were great. The idea of a meteor strike as a metaphor for climate change is a good one. I thought the cast all did solid work with what they had – and for me the standouts were Cate Blanchett and Jonah Hill – but I thought the screenplay was dire. The dialogue somehow managed to feel both under- and over-written and the satire was far too heavy-handed. I also thought it was tonally patchy. I found myself wondering if it would have been a better idea to create the extreme situation and then have the actors play their characters straight. I think making them too cartoonish made the message of the movie seem absurd when it is supposed to be a stark warning.
HI Laura and I cannot believe we had a similar experience. My co-workers could not understand why i gave tis film a less than stellar review. Like you, I felt the same way about this movie. I like your ideas especially to create the extreme situation and then have the actors play their characters straight.
Thank you so much for your review and sharing it here; i appreciate it deeply.