Don’t Look Up is a satirical science fiction comedy film written, produced, and directed by Adam McKay that was released in 2021. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence has two low-level scientists seeking to warn humanity about an oncoming comet that would destroy Earth via a media tour.
The ensemble cast includes Jonah Hill, Rob Morgan, Mark Rylance, Tyler Perry, Timothée Chalamet, Ariana Grande, Ron Perlman, Scott Mescudi, Himesh Patel, Melanie Lynskey, Cate Blanchett, and Meryl Streep. The video is a satirical allegory of the media, government, and cultural apathy to the manmade climate change catastrophe. Grande and Mescudi also co-wrote the song “Just Look Up,” which was included on the film’s soundtrack.
The film, produced by Hyperobject Industries and Bluegrass Films, was announced in November 2019 and sold to Netflix many months later by Paramount Pictures. Lawrence was the 1st to join the movie team, with Leo joining after reworking McKay’s script; the remainder of the ensemble was added during the rest of 2020. Filming was supposed to start in Massachusetts in April 2020, however, it was pushed back to November owing to the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic, and then pushed back again until February 2021. Lot of Don’t Look Up will have a limited theatrical release on December 10, 2021, before it will be available on Netflix on December 24, 2021.
Critics gave the film mixed reviews, praising the ensemble but finding McKay’s approach to the issue too heavy-handed. Regarding the bad reviews, the National Board of Review and the American Film Institute named it one of the top ten films of 2021, and it received four candidacy at the 79th Golden Globe Awards, including Best Picture – Melody or Comedy, and six nominations at the 27th Critics’ Choice Awards, including Best Picture.
Cast of Don’t Look Up
- Dr. Randall Mindy, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, is a low-level astronomer.
- Jennifer Lawrence plays Kate Dibiasky, another inexperienced astronomer.
- M Streep plays Janie Orlean, the President of the United States.
- Brie Evantee is played by Cate Blanchett.
- Rob Morgan plays Dr. Teddy Oglethorpe, Jonah Hill plays President Orlean’s son Jason Orlean, and Mark Rylance plays Chief of Staff Peter Isherwell.
Kate Dibiasky, an astronomy student at Michigan State University, discovers the existence of an unnamed comet. Dr. Randall Mindy, her professor, determines that the asteroid’s track intersects that of the Earth and that an impact will occur in roughly six months, ending all life.
Kate and Randall go to the White House with researcher Teddy Oglethorpe to report their findings, but President Janie Orlean and her team seem uninterested. The attempt to educate the public through a television show also fails, despite the fact that Kate’s on-camera antics go viral online. When President Orlean becomes engaged in a sex scandal, she proclaims the comet danger of diverting attention.
The news is ultimately circulated by the media, and the launch of a spaceship capable of hitting and diverting the comet, so saving the world, is announced. However, the mission is called off in mid-flight when investor Peter Isherwell, a major benefactor of President Orlean, finds that the asteroid comprises rich minerals. The White House intends to commercialise the asteroid by smashing it and retrieving the fragments.
Netflix stated on February 19, 2020, that the film will be released in 2020. The film’s production and release dates were pushed back because of the COVID-19 epidemic. It had a limited theatrical premiere on December 10, 2021, and will be available on Netflix on December 24, 2021. On December 5, 2021, the film debuted in New York City.
Though Netflix does not officially disclose box office receipts, the film earned an estimated $260,000 from 500 theatres on its first day, and a total of $700,000 in its debut weekend.
Kate and Teddy leave the operation right away, followed by Randall after a time of meek surrender to the president. The world becomes ideologically divided between those who want the comet’s utter annihilation, others who condemn irrational alarmism, and those who deny the existence of a comet at all.
When the plan to recover minerals fails, the president, Peter, and the wealthiest Americans are forced to evacuate the earth aboard a spacecraft. Randall and Kate spend their final moments with Randall’s family, a kid who is in love with Kate and Teddy. Finally, the asteroid collides with the Earth.The presidential rocket crashes on a beautiful extraterrestrial world 22,000 years later. Its passengers awaken from cryogenic hibernation and examine their surroundings, only to be assaulted and slaughtered by wild creatures.
“Don’t Look Up,” directed and co-written by Adam McKay, will be released on Friday, less than three weeks after NASA initiated a mission to test if asteroids might be diverted off their paths. However, the video is less about asteroids and more about humans’ proclivity to disregard bad news from science and embrace falsehoods. It was intended to be an analogy for the inability to address climate change.
However, the film was meticulously shot during the epidemic, and the connections to the contemporary health catastrophe are unmistakable.