Review: ‘Don’t Look Up’ is a Hilarious, but All Too Familiar Look at the End of the World

After seeing the responses to climate change and Coronavirus, it’s not very hard to believe that a lot of people would have a flippant or downright antagonistic response to a life-ending comet headed towards Earth. 

That’s the plot of Adam McKay’s new film, Don’t Look Up, in which two scientists are horrified by the reaction they receive after sharing their discovery that there is only six months left before a planet-ending catastrophe will occur.

The satire might not be subtle, but it’s biting all the same from the ridiculous president focusing on how it will improve her image to the strange priorities of the news coverage. 

The satirical science fiction black comedy was written and directed by McKay, best known for the divisive films, The Big Short and Vice. In his latest work, Michigan State PhD candidate Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence) spots a comet while on a lowkey day at work. 

The music swells as she makes her discovery and she eagerly goes to show it to Professor Randall Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio). 

However, when they start to calculate the comet’s course, they realize that it’s no ordinary finding and, amidst freaking out, join up with Dr. Teddy Oglethrope (Rob Morgan) of the Planetary Defense Coordination Office.