Although Don’t Look Up, the newest film from director Adam McKay, is fiction, it feels very real. McKay has done this before, most notably with The Big Short in 2015. His clever direction and his ability to add spices of humor really come together in Don’t Look Up. It is a dark but lethally funny comedy filled with plenty of adrenaline.
In Don’t Look Up, we are introduced to unknown astronomers Dr. Randall Mindy and Dr. Kate Dibiasky, played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence, who make a harrowing discovery. While studying the earth’s crust and its orbit they realize that a comet is on a collision course with the earth. Though they are brilliant astronomers, they can’t get anyone to take them seriously because neither of them came from an Ivy League school.
Mindy and Dibiasky do eventually get the attention of egotistical United States President Janie Orlean, played by Meryl Streep, but she cares more about publicity than she does about the fate of the world. Her son Jason, played by Jonah Hill, who is her Chief of Staff, is in way over his head.
This marks Hill’s second film with DiCaprio, their first one being Wolf of Wall Street(2013). In that film Hill and DiCaprio were on the same side, but in Don’t Look Upthey are closer to enemies. DiCaprio has almost the same attitude in this film as he had in Wolf, but here he plays a good guy trying to save the world. Hill is fantastic as his mother’s Chief of Staff, and Meryl Streep can of course still pull off a powerful, egotistical woman with aplomb. Three and a half stars for Don’t Look Up.