Combustible Celluloid
With: Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, Rob Morgan, Jonah Hill, Cate Blanchett, Tyler Perry, Mark Rylance, Timothée Chalamet, Ron Perlman, Melanie Lynskey, Michael Chiklis
Written by: Adam McKay, based on a story by Adam McKay, David Sirota
Directed by: Adam McKay
MPAA Rating: R for language throughout, some sexual content, graphic nudity and drug content
Running Time: 138
Date: 12/24/2021

Don't Look Up (2021)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Comet Before the Storm

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Wildly popular and aggressively divisive, Adam McKay's follow-up to his The Big Short and Vice, Don't Look Up, is building awards momentum even as it rocks a rotten 55% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It's a satire that isn't particularly funny — Jonah Hill, as the United States President's idiot son, provides the movie's precious few laughs — and doesn't really skewer anything so much as it simply points and rages righteously. Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence play astronomers who discover a planet-killing comet headed directly toward Earth, yet they find they can't get anyone to pay attention or do anything. The U.S. President (Meryl Streep) only leaps into action when it bolsters her image, and then, when the comet is discovered to contain valuable minerals, an internet billionaire (Mark Rylance), takes over, risking humanity to preserve the comet's riches. In the end, whichever way you feel about the movie's manipulations, it's difficult to watch without being strongly affected.

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