Understandably alarmed, their findings rapidly attain the White House, the place the president (Meryl Streep, poorly served by the ridiculousness of her character) is simply too preoccupied along with her endangered Supreme Court choose to concentrate on what Randall describes as an extinction-level occasion. After fruitless again and forth, she concludes that they will “sit tight and assess” the state of affairs.
From there, “Don’t Look Up” is off to the races with a scathing indictment of all the things about our media and political ecosystem, from the happy-talk information present (anchored by Tyler Perry and Cate Blanchett, standing out as particularly self-absorbed TV anchors) to web sites preoccupied with site visitors and social-media memes.
McKay and Sirota ship a spot-on assault on how simply distracted individuals (particularly in media) are, fixating on Kate’s hair and garments and ignoring the substance of her message.
The makes an attempt to make that level, nevertheless, careen wildly in numerous instructions, from a tech billionaire (Mark Rylance, adopting a not-of-this-world accent) who sees alternatives to money in on the comet’s pure sources to the president’s chief of employees (Jonah Hill), who can solely see the menace by way of the way it may affect the midterm elections.
Still, “Don’t Look Up” retains getting sidetracked, thanks partially to piling up celebrities in minor roles (witness Timothée Chalamet’s belated entrance for no explicit purpose) and pursuing subplots that drag out the strain on whether or not these flawed leaders will discover the fortitude and sobriety to take motion.
As was clearly its intention, “Don’t Look Up” makes use of satire to spur a dialog about doubtlessly ignoring a disaster till it is too late. It’s a sobering message, however one that comes barreling towards us by way of the lens of an uneven film.
“Don’t Look Up” premieres Dec. 10 in choose theaters and Dec. 24 on Netflix. It’s rated R.