‘Don’t Look Up’ captures the nature of the world today


Released on Dec 5, 2021, Don’t Look Up stars Leonardo diCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Jonah Hill and Meryl Streep. The film opens with Kate Dibiasky (Lawrence) finding a comet shooting across the sky. When she excitedly informs her professor, Dr. Randall Mindy (DiCaprio), the two discover that the comet is coming directly towards Earth. The comet will land and destroy Earth in six months and fourteen days. 

This movie holds extreme relevance,  paralleling current events and serving as an allegory to climate change. Through the use of satire, Don’t Look Up exposes the true nature of the world today, highlighting the spread of misinformation and disinformation, corruption in government, and the persuasive power of money. President Orleans’s (Streep) concerns about her approval ratings taking priority over the comet rushing towards Earth directly references the former president. 

Don’t Look Up brings attention to society’s preoccupation with the lives and opinions of celebrities, even amid hardship. Ariana Grande and Kid Cudi play Riley Bina and DJ Chello, a celebrity couple who break up publicly. Even with the announcement of a deadly comet coming to destroy Earth, the breakup of a celebrity couple garners more attention. This realistic example shines a light on how significant celebrity lives are compared to society. 

 The movie brings great humor while also assessing a serious environmental situation. Hill provides comic relief as Lawrence executes a strong, outspoken voice to complement DiCaprio’s shy, hesitant character.

 The movie exposes what happens when a country has an incompetent government controlled largely by the rich. It shows what happens when events between celebrities are more important than hardships and when the spread of misinformation and disinformation on significant information occurs, offering astute social commentary on what has been happening in the world in the last couple of years.