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.

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