Beauty scale

When global annihilation becomes funny!

Directed by: Adam McKay
With: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill, Mark Rylance, Cate Blanchett and Timothee Chalamet

Adam McKay, is one of those rare Hollywood filmmakers, who manages to find comedy in the darkest places and in the strangest moments. So it’s no surprise that he finds humor in a movie where the world, as we know it, is about to end. Even though this is a disaster movie and could be clubbed alongside “Armageddon”, “Deep Impact” or even “Independence Day” in lists made in the future, “Don’t Look Up “is a one-of-a-kind film that manages to combine satire and criticism on several current aspects of modern life, all in the guise of a full-scale disaster movie.

What is it about?

The principle is quite simple. Dr Randall Minty (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Dr Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence) discover a comet heading towards Earth, which they believe will destroy the planet and all of its living forms in six months. As honest American citizens, and as every American film in this category shows, of the world as well, the two meet with US President Janie Orlean (Meryl Streep) to urge her to “do something.”

But this is where ‘Don’t Look Up’ is different from other movies. President Orleans is not like President Whitmore (Bill Pullman) of Independence Day, to lead the battle head-on. She does, however, make a good catchy speech, not as emphatic as Whitmore. The only problem is that she doesn’t quite realize the gravity of the situation, in a very Mckay dark humor style, until her comments about the poor go viral on social media, and she has to save her image. for the next elections.

What is hot?

Dr Minty and Dr Dibiasky find themselves constantly caught between wanting to warn the public of the impending disaster and being disparaged by the authorities themselves, after a tech giant Peter Isherwell (Mark Rylance) (who will remind much Elon Musk), presents his side through various commercials and government funded news programs that Comet is nothing but an opportunity to make more money.

The Two Good Doctors aren’t exactly larger-than-life characters, unlike Will Smith or Bruce Willis, heroes who will save the world. But instead, they’re flawed and humane, and frankly frustrated with the way authorities and others in positions of power exploit such situations, for their own benefit, regardless of anyone else. . Fame hits them both in mysterious ways, and they both treat him in a typical, slightly eccentric way.

What is not?

The star performances take on a script with brilliant intentions, but aside from Dr Minty and Dr Dibiasky, the other actors are reduced to mere caricatures, which seems a bit out of place, especially since the film was rooted in reality and l ‘humanity. Of course, there is nothing quite like too much comedy, but those jokes where Chief of Staff Jason Orlean (Jonah Hill), who is also the President’s son, says prayers for “drug stuff” , were preventable. Journalists Jack Bermmer (Tyler Perry) and Brie Evantee (Cate Blanchett), in their attempt to sound like upbeat morning show hosts, end up satirising the characters. Only Quentin (Timothee Chalamet), a deeply but secretly religious skateboarder boy, manages to appear real and human, thanks to his gentle intentional impulsiveness, and is remembered for longer.

It might seem, that’s a pretty no-fun premise. But that’s the beauty of this movie, or any Adam McKay movie. Telling aspects of modern human life that are absurd through humor and satire, is definitely an art. And Adam McKay is a master at it!