Don’t Look Up is horror film in disguise
Don’t Look Up — or an Adam McKay movie I didn’t hate
Adam McKay is a comedy director who reinvented himself in 2015 when he assembled a bombastic cast for The Big Short and got an Oscar nom with a slightly above average film. Next came The VICE which was horrible imho. But since then, he was renowned as someone who could assemble a star-studded cast. Which he did.. again. And to be honest I didn’t have any expectations.
However, going back to the comedic routes proved to be a really smart step for Adam. Don’t Look Up is hilarious at times and could’ve been a perfect satire if it was just half an hour shorter. The additional 30mins damaged the coherence of the film. It was broken at times and pretty inconsistent.
There isn’t an aspect in our today’s society that the movie didn’t touch. Climate change, politics, social media. I’m so fuckin glad Adam didn’t break the fourth wall in this one. It doesn’t work for him. The movie had some insanely funny bits where I was laughing non-stop. But it is also extremely sad. The end of the world is very realistic in this one. It’s just the end. Without heroes, without post-apocalyptic badass fighters. We all just die. Except for the ultra-rich ofc. And the helplessness of it all just dawns on you at parts. Where if this was happening right now, you, as an average human being (let’s admit most of us are) could not do anything about it.
Besides being 30mins too long, I think they could’ve cut some supporting characters out that really didn’t serve any purpose. Timothee is there just for a thirst trap as most young women and men are lusting after him now. Also Mark Rylance is an actor that I hate with all my heart and I hated him here too. He is annoying af.
This film managed to be both pretty scary and hilariously funny. That’s a recipe for a pretty good satire. Def doesn’t match the genre geniuses like Dr.Strangelove but still a good one.