Adam McKay’s Don’t Look Up, a popular satire of our failure to tackle the growing climate crisis, features an all-star cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Tyler Perry, Timothy. Chalamet and many, many others. In the film, DiCaprio and Lawrence play two astronomers who discover that a doomsday meteorite is heading straight for Earth. But the couple’s warnings go unheeded by the public and the authorities, most of whom are ignorant, selfish or a combination of both.
Upon release, the film received mixed reviews. Some critics liked the film Forbes stating that he hit the satirical bull’s-eye. On the other hand, rolling stone published a review titled “‘Don’t Look Up’… or you’ll see one bomb from the movie fly straight towards you.” On the rotten tomatoesthe film received 56% critical ratings and 78% audience ratings, respectively.
Given the mixed reception, why did the Academy decide to nominate the film for an award? Oscar for Best Film 2021? While Oscar voters won’t make public the reasons for their particular choice, it’s no secret that Don’t Look Up isn’t exactly a good movie. His performances are loud, his direction is haphazard, and his script sometimes sounds like a hopeless one-note joke. As a review of RogerEbert.com let’s just say the movie “constantly makes you scratch the walls with its empty comic scenes for a laugh.”