Don’t Look Up is a comedy about people and institutions’ avoidance behavior surrounding horrendous bad news… or is it thinly-veiled climate change propaganda?? Come to Freedom Film Festival Monday night at the Wearehouse and see what you think.
I loved it. I laughed the entire time. And although it is clear they intended is to be one thing, they actually told the truth about other things.
If you “identify” with a particular political party, whether that be with Republicans or Democrats, your ideology will distort this movie to the point where you will either love or hate it, and for the wrong reasons. Watch this movie with an apolitical point of view and you will probably find it immensely funny and all in all quite enjoyable. The satire is well done; everyone and everything is a victim of comedy at some point. They did a good job removing politics from the movie, it’s just the people watching who bring their own politics into it that ruin this film.
Don’t Look Up, the new film from this self-appointed prophet of rage (Adam McKay) that sputtered onto Netflix last year, revolves around a comet heading toward Earth. It’s slightly bigger than the meteor that wiped out the dinosaurs, and according to the people who first discover it — Michigan State PhD student Kate Diabiasky (Jennifer Lawrence) and her professor, Dr. Randall Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio) — it’s set to hit our planet in roughly six months and cause an extinction level event. The big blue marble’s entire population will be gone. Finito. Au revoir, l’humanite. This could be any worst-case scenario that we might face; McKay just happened to pick a comet. The result, he suggests, is the same whether it’s the impending destruction of our planet via ecocatastrophes or a killer virus or some external danger that threatens our very existence. We are a dumb, doomed species, too perpetually distracted and misinformed and gullible to endure. The world will end not with a bang, but with a meme and some lolz and way more concern with what pop star broke up with which D.J. than our own survival. And also, should this movie be any indication, a righteous two-hour lecture masquerading as a satire.
Freedom Film Festival screens films in the barn at the Wearehouse to members – you can become a “day member” for $5. We’ve got coffee, tea, water and popcorn, and you are welcome to bring your own food (sometimes someone will order out for pizza), and bring your own beverages of choice.
The Wearehouse is at 445 S. Stark Highway in Weare and is between the Dunkin’s at Lanctot Plaza and the Dollar General store. See the calendar at thewearehouse.org for other fun and educational events that are going on at the Wearehouse – you may want to become a member… it’s an economical way to attend all the events here and get access to events by livestream, if you can’t attend in person.
See you at the Freedom Film Festival!