McKay’s Don’t Look Up, pairs the all-out wackiness of Step Brothers with the political storytelling of The Big Short. Two low-level astronomers must go on a giant media tour to warn mankind of an approaching comet that will destroy planet Earth. The star-studded cast includes Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio, Rob Morgan, Jonah Hill, Mark Rylance, Timothée Chalamet, Scott Mescudi, Cate Blanchett, Chris Evans, Ariana Grande, and Meryl Streep.
Jennifer Lawrence plays Kate Dibiasky, a doctoral student in astronomy at a Michigan college, a character defined mostly by her two nose rings and razor-cut red bangs. She quietly sings “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing ta Fuck Wit” while working, but we know right off that she’s smart and serious.
Don’t Look Up highlights the importance of people. People are split on the information Randall and Kate present for most of the film, and they ignore the obvious, refusing to look up at the reality. While the film is a metaphor for climate change, the tale is mostly about the folks in Don’t Look Up. Its main message is that everyone has to work together and prioritize the needs of others and the environment before personal preferences and views. Everyone pauses what they’re doing at a critical point to look up at the night sky, and it’s at that moment that a true feeling of harmony among the world’s people is completely realized.
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Everyone was split over everything prior to seeing the asteroid, whether it was because of disagreements regarding the comet’s existence, social media’s fixation with Kate’s reaction to others not taking it seriously, political beliefs, etc. Don’t Look Up proposes that all hope is not lost if everyone ignores the din of noise and joins together to defend the planet’s well-being. In the end, it’s about appreciating the beauty of human relationships (the dinner scene with Randall’s family and friends is a perfect example) and the possibility of what people can do together, despite the turmoil that threatens to eclipse what’s essential.