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Don’t Look Up

I really didn’t expect to get much from this at all. I’d heard a lot of bad things and I just assumed it was a big budget, low effort blockbuster that was probably wasn’t worth the time it’d take to watch it. For the first hour or so I didn’t really get anything from it to contradict that, but the more it went on the more I found a lot to like about it. 

I suppose one area I’d criticise it is that this subject matter is only really funny if it truly is satirical. It’s not the film’s fault but we’re basically living in a post-satire world now, and for every laugh I had, a feeling of dread overtook not long after. The only difference between the world that this film is set in and the real world is that you can literally see the threat that everyone’s doing their best to ignore. It’s really hard to talk about how it parallels real life because it’s so close to it that it feels like denial to say anything close to “if this was really happening” etc. because it effectively is. 

I have my gripes with a lot of it but the last forty minutes or so are really well put together. How you’d spend your last moments on Earth if a comet was about to hit is something that got spoken about a lot in my house growing up, I’m not sure why, and I think this film nailed the discussion because it probably wouldn’t be by doing anything grand or outlandish. You’d probably either sit outside and watch it or you’d sit inside and try to distract yourself, and that’s a beautifully sad image. That’s what makes this film very good – in the end it’s all just very human.

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