We’re not sure how many times the world has ended in movies. It seems every year, there’s another disaster movie to watch and it could range from an ice age we didn’t expect to aliens and more out to create the last of days situations. And while it may not seem like the best time to release a disaster movie, since it seems like the world is falling down around us every single day. But Netflix is banking on Don’t Look Up, a disaster movie that has made us laugh a lot more than even some of their comedic releases lately.
Don’t Look Up follows Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence), an astronomy grad student, and her professor Dr. Randall Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio) after the discovery of a comet on a collision course with the planet. With a timeline of only six months until impact, and they are doing whatever they can to get the right people to pay attention and take care of the situation before life as they know it is extinct. Fighting against campaign deadlines, media, and political misrepresentation – their lives are about to be changed in every way possible, while they try to stop the inevitable from happening.
What Don’t Look Up does differently than the multitude of other disaster movies – it infuses the whole movie with comedy. From the opening graphics until the after-credit scene – there are moments that will make you laugh. Yes, it’s a serious topic, but the film brings levity to each and every moment of it. The world could be ending, and politicians and big businesses are still out for themselves and profits first. The media won’t focus on the important issues and instead wants to highlight the lighter stories to keep their views up. In almost a hyper-realistic parody of current society, the movie will have you laughing at the absurdity of what most likely would happen if this situation ever really happens.
This isn’t your traditional disaster movie. While the topic is slightly concerning, and something we could absolutely see playing out – the way it’s delivered makes it one we’ll watch again. Filtered through the lens of comedy, it gives the audience the opportunity to laugh at issues that we can relate to in the world around us. Don’t look up is in select theaters nationwide on Friday, December 10th, and will be on Netflix, Friday, December 24th. See if it’s playing in a theater near you.
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About DON’T LOOK UP
(In select theaters December 10. On Netflix December 24) Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence), an astronomy grad student, and her professor Dr. Randall Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio) make an astounding discovery of a comet orbiting within the solar system. The problem — it’s on a direct collision course with Earth. The other problem? No one really seems to care. Turns out warning mankind about a planet-killer the size of Mount Everest is an inconvenient fact to navigate. With the help of Dr. Oglethorpe (Rob Morgan), Kate and Randall embark on a media tour that takes them from the office of an indifferent President Orlean (Meryl Streep) and her sycophantic son and Chief of Staff, Jason (Jonah Hill), to the airwaves of The Daily Rip, an upbeat morning show hosted by Brie (Cate Blanchett) and Jack (Tyler Perry). With only six months until the comet makes impact, managing the 24-hour news cycle and gaining the attention of the social media obsessed public before it’s too late proves shockingly comical — what will it take to get the world to just look up?! DON’T LOOK UP is written and directed by Academy Award winner Adam McKay (The Big Short) and also stars Mark Rylance, Ron Perlman, Timothée Chalamet, Ariana Grande, Scott Mescudi (aka Kid Cudi), Himesh Patel, Melanie Lynskey, Michael Chiklis and Tomer Sisley.