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Netflix Don't Look Up | Is it just a movie about the end of the world?

 If you thought Don't Look Up was just a movie about the apocalypse caused by a comet hitting the planet, you are wrong! It's a movie that tries to remind you over and over that death is very near and for scientifically proven reasons, but you, like most of the people on this beautiful blue planet, trade the game and live in denial, refraining from looking at the sky until the imminent end.

Netflix Don't Look Up

The film is divided into three axes: the first axis is the discovery of the comet; the second axis is the attempt to raise awareness of it; and the third axis is the reaction of the government, businesses, and the general public to this issue.


Is Don't Look Up just a movie about the end of the world?

Don't Look Up is directed by Adam Mackay (director of films such as The Big Short, Vice, and The Other Guys), who also co-wrote it. The film manages to really touch the viewers because despite being a fictional story in a comic format about events that didn't really happen, it is one of the most realistic films today.

It highlights the extent of people's ignorance and denial of reality, and the extent to which the authorities manipulate and ignore anything that does not serve their interests. In an age when the world is living in the shadow of a deadly epidemic, along with dangerous climate changes that threaten our planet, what dominates social media is empty entertainment information, in addition to the politicization of everything even the issue of death. 

Even scientific facts are rejected by many. A comedian tells Mackay's story, expressing his frustration with the state of the planet through their comedy.

Mackay is trying to shout out to the whole world, do something to save the world or we will lose everything. The outcry comes from Ph.D. student Kate Debassky (Jennifer Lawrence), who and her professor, Dr. Randall Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio) that a comet about 9 km wide will hit and destroy Earth after about 6 months.

It is a 'planet killer' as they call such comets. Frustrated with the presidential office's reaction, they turn to the media in the hope that people will understand the severity of the matter. 'We will all die!' Cate Blanchett and Tyler Perry appear on a TV show where Kate screams after their sarcastic reaction to the news, but she's marginalized and even thought crazy, becoming a "meme" that spreads much faster than the news itself.

A fictional America ruled by a corrupt president (Meryl Streep) is Mackay's setting, with a corrupt administration headed by her spoiled son (Jonah Hill), and a corrupt president (Meryl Streep) as heroes. 

In the beginning, they focus on thinking how this news won't affect their midterm election victory - but they don't really care until after a certain scandal to mobilize the people, and so they use the disaster to promote patriotism.

Here, the film also highlights the extent to which large corporations interfere in politics and governments, and depicts this as a billionaire (played by Mark Rylance with a chilling performance) owner of a giant technology company, who is only concerned with the disaster is to benefit financially at the expense of the people.

But this does not mean that the peoples themselves are not to blame. The movie here proves that we are fools and doomed as a human race. The result is the same, whether it is a deadly virus, environmental disasters, global warming, or a deadly comet that will shock us.

The world will end, but we care more about a funny meme or a singer (performed by Ariana Grande) breaking up with her DJ boyfriend than our own survival (but it's worth mentioning how amazing the song she plays with Kid Cody in the movie is).

Even when the people realize the truth of what is going on, they are divided between those who believe and deny the issue with the spread of conspiracy theories and the campaign (Don't Look Up), which is the title of this film, in a depiction of the extent to which people deny reality and turn their eyes away from what is real and clear in front of them if they really look closely.

The film is as detached from reality as it is realistic, and it is undeniable how ingenious Mackay is in weaving a story that talks about what is happening at this moment, comparisons and similarities abound, from Covid and anti-vaccine to the domination of giant corporations over everything even the future of peoples, to the politicization of Everything is up to the government. But not everything is so dark here.

And speaking of great performances, needless to say, of course, about Oscar-winner Meryl Streep, who delivers a brilliant performance as a villain we haven't seen since The Devil Wears Prada, and does so admirably at portraying the careless president with only herself, not even her son. On the other hand, there is Blanchett, who plays the annoying anchor who doesn't care about anything other than making fun of any topic they talk about on the air and is great too.

But what Don't Look Up sometimes suffers from is the slow pace of its events, and some scenes stretch too far, which, given its long duration of approximately two and a half hours, would have presented the events in a more focused manner if it had been presented in only two hours. 

He also struggles at times with Mackay's choice of directing method. Sometimes he suddenly takes us out of one scene and moves us to another in an unexpected way that may take the viewers out of the air for a moment.

Occasionally, the film forgets to be a comedy and becomes too dark, making it not suitable for everyone, especially for those who do not try to read between the lines. and make direct comparisons with our current reality. But it's certainly not just a regular Netflix movie, not only thanks to its superb star ensemble but thanks to its wonderful projection of a truly tragic reality in a satirical form.


Conclusion

Don't Look Up may not be for everyone. But although it suffers from slowing down at times, especially with its long duration, and at times immersed in melancholy too much, it presents a wonderful parody of our current reality, which becomes more and more enjoyable the more we look at it and read between the lines and compare our current reality. With a wonderful stellar cast, each of them excels at playing his role brilliantly.





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