The doctor kate dibysky he sits at his post with the parsimony typical of work routine. With music and coffee through, he checks some data, moves on to something else, until he takes a look through the telescope. What he discovers becomes cause for celebration for his colleagues, peers, fellows, and even astronomer, professor, chair of that department, and Dr. Randall Mindy (Leonardo Dicaprio), who after reviewing some coordinates, reaches a not at all encouraging conclusion: with the fall of that comet, the entire planet will be destroyed in 6 months, 14 days.
Faced with this catastrophic panorama, the duo of scientists – ignored by dozens of authorities – manage to reach NASA, obtain the consensus of their colleagues, and manage to have a meeting with the president of the United States, a frivolous and suggestively republican Janie Orlean (performed with the charisma of meryl streep), along with his son Jason (Jonah Hill) holding a high political office. Meeting in which the government dismisses the matter and sends them to “wait and analyze”.
Desperate, Dibiasky and Mindy intend to start an urgent media action to make the news known to the world, but looking for them to open their eyes will not be an easy or free task.
This it is “Don’t look up” (“Don’t look up”, in English) the new film by the director Adam McKay (“The Big Bet”, “The Vice President”) who through his very personal acid humor gets involved with very contemporary issues but taken to the extreme: such as the extinction of the planet, the value of science, and the advancement of companies cell phones capable of controlling the world’s databases. The result: a science fiction satire that, as crazy as it sounds, is just as plausible and even identifiable in these times.
Let’s expand on this a bit. For a long time the planet has been giving warning signs, even DiCaprio himself is one of the most committed actors on sustainable issues and actions.
On the other hand, the richest and most powerful people in the world are none other than those who possess the greatest amount of our information: Elon Musk, Jeff BezosBill Gates And till mark zuckerberg. And not coincidentally, the first one was one of those who was already exploring space travel, which connects very well with the end of the film.
Now, the film delves into this question: what do you feel if you find out that your world ends in six months? And the development of this question is quite realistic, being one of the strongest points of fiction: it is excellent how from the government and then the media deny space to the news, to the point that the most important thing that week was the separation between two artists (performed by Ariana Grande, fury by appearance of the film, and Kid Cudi) Any similarity to the WandaGate is purely coincidental.
A bright and this time redhead Jennifer Lawrence -Oscar winner- plays the astronomer Dibiasky, after whom the comet is named. A character who sheds female stereotypes to use her knowledge, being frontal, forceful and forming an extremely interesting duo with the touch of an always intense DiCaprio, every time she takes on a new role.
The also winner of the Hollywood Academy Award, achieves a not only psychological transformation of his character, whom we see evolve throughout the film – from the initial scenes in which he gasps for breath every time he wants to talk about the comet , until becoming the most consulted scientist of the government and the media-, but also physics, a true success that once again confirms that DiCaprio is not only a pretty face of the industry but an actor with a force of his own that overturns every time he the clapperboard marks the start of the action.
With moments that are reminiscent of the outbreak of the pandemic -due to the initial denial and the recurring appearance of scientists on television programs-, with the present political overtone -which in the film is set in an electoral time, an issue that in Argentina in a certain way touches closely-, with a cast that is (along with “Dune”) one of the biggest of the year, and with issues that are urgent to analyze but not to wait for, “Don’t Look Up” explodes like a comet on Netflix, the most market dominance.
And in McKay’s universe his stars are several: Robert Morgan, Mark Rylance, Tyler Perry, Timothee Chalamet (once again playing a very anarchist or anti-establishment young man, reminiscent of “Lady Bird”) Cate Blanchett.
The title of the film is just as interesting. Although science in almost all of its cases rejects religion, both are a theme in history, relating them in that “believe in something.” Precisely the beliefs are a subject put to debate in the plot: it is in the government to believe in the astronomers, and the astronomers in their data, and the spectators in the information. In turn, before an episode as alarming as the end of the world as we know it would be, we always want something to cling to, and that is where faith comes in. Even in looking for answers in the sky.
“Don’t Look Up” It is a realistic satire that comes with the advance of a new coronavirus variable, and that challenges us to question where they want us to look and where we are looking.