Fifth about The Seventh

Don’t Look Up (2021)

Don’t Look Up: the comet approaching Earth has a lighter touch than Adam McKay in his satire. Throwing all subtlety overboard, the film has barbs to (almost) everyone: politicians (particularly of a particular brand), media figures, tech gurus, the general populace, science-deniers. Even when the criticism is warranted, its heavy-handedness detracts. The story itself could be entertaining, but the gallery of characters, for the most part, is too close to the terrible people spectrum. Now, this is a stellar cast clearly having a blast. Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio get the benefit of playing their characters close to straight, even if eventually strident; Rob Morgan is more sympathetic but less used. Meryl Streep and Jonah Hill efficiently create characters that make one root for the end of mankind; Mark Rylance is clearly having fun with his weird CEO. Editor Hank Corwin presents a very dynamic cut, weaving the well-shot images of director of photography Linus Sandgren.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: