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Review Over the Netflix Orginal “Don’t Look Up”


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“Don’t Look Up” was released on Dec. 5, 2021 after around six months of filming. In this scene, Jennifer Lawerence, playing Kate Dibiasky, and Timothee Chalamet, playing Pule, are talking about a person who scammed them out of free snacks and charged them. I loved this movie, and I definitely recommend it to those who haven’t watched it yet.

Ty Cathey, Reporter

A jaw-dropping turn of events, political referencing and a whole A-list celebrity roster starring none other than Leonardo Decaprio and Jennifer Lawerence. “Don’t Look Up” is a comedy filled with satire about an intense world-ending disaster. A Netflix Original with a $75 million budget cannot go wrong, as the movie’s only goal is to entertain, not to be a shameless ‘cash-grab.

While the movie is a comedy, it balances the realism that brings out the antics that make the movie so funny. One example of this would be when the two main characters Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawerence, two astronomers about to tell the president, played by Meryl Streep, the world is ending soon, but the president was too busy celebrating her birthday and getting sung to. This, in my opinion, is a great additive, as it has a spin on modern times, such as how politics seem like an over-dramatic reality show. 

Speaking of politics, the movie includes many spoofs from our real-life politics, such as the campaign to ignore the giant comet in the sky with a slogan of “Don’t Look Up,” hence the movie’s title. This is not the only example of politics in the movie; it also portrays an extremely wealthy man who dictates the decisions of the United States government simply because of his wealth and status. I appreciate the complex jokes the movie puts forward, as it doesn’t stop to focus on one specific thing, but keeps moving with the plot and adding new jokes and references along the way.

What sets this movie apart from others is the extensive list of A-list celebrities, such as Leonardo DiCaprio, playing Randal Mindy, a lead scientist that discovered the comet, Jennifer Lawrence, playing Kate Dibiasky, the astronomer who spotted the comet, Jonah Hill, playing Jason Orlean, who is the president’s son and the Chief of Staff, Timothee Chalamet, playing Yule, a random delinquent, and Ariana Grande, as Riley Bina, a pop star. The acting was beyond fantastic, and I even watched some of the behind-the-scene clips, and learned that some parts were improv, which made the scene that much funnier. I would recommend anyone who watches this movie to also watch some of the behind-the-scenes clips afterward, as you’ll get a good laugh.

Without spoiling the end, I think it worked out perfectly. There wasn’t a stone left unturned, as everything had been explained and was funny all the way to the end. I think that the unpredictableness made me like the movie a whole lot better, as it didn’t end nearly the way I thought it would’ve. Also, the plot kept changing in ways I couldn’t even have imagined imagine. Not to mention, at the very end, the movie presented a very wholesome moment that I so desperately needed.

I would say this movie definitely lived up to its potential, as it came through with great acting and immeasurable plot development. The comedy was on point, as it balanced well with the realism and political references. I’d rate this movie a nine out of 10; it is a must-watch movie.