McKay’s disaster flick is dark, crisp, and humorous


Backed by a fantastic cast, McKay’s film is bold, with sharp commentary, a sense of unease, and comedic beats that work to make a film to remember.

Adam McKay knows how to balance comedy with a healthy dose of drama. Yes The big court and Vice were not sufficient proof, Do not seek sees McKay settling into the world of satire with great ease. The film is the disaster film par excellence, timely in its subject matter and ambitious in its execution. Do not seek may be more and more outrageous, but it’s fair to say that it matches reality in the way things play out, which turns even its funniest moments into spooky ones. Backed by a fantastic cast, McKay’s film is bold, with sharp commentary, feelings of unease, and comedic beats that work to make a film to remember.


Dr. Randall Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his doctoral student Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence) discover a comet that is expected to hit Earth within six months. After doing some calculations to confirm its impact, they immediately pass the information on to NASA and the Planetary Defense Coordination Office, headed by Dr. Clayton “Teddy” Oglethorpe (Rob Morgan), before it is deemed sufficient. worthy to secure an audience with President Janie Orlean. (Meryl Streep) and his Chief of Staff Jason Orlean (Jonah Hill), his incompetent son. Ultimately tasked with breaking the news to the world, Randall and Kate are bewildered and deeply disturbed when no one treats information with the seriousness it deserves.

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Do not seek is smart in the way he balances and handles all of his themes; it shows the best and the worst of humanity – how smart people can be but at the same time silly, harmful and indifferent. There is a deep sense of unease that permeates even the funniest moments, the ridiculous nature of the film never overshadowing the grim mess the characters face. McKay does an exceptional job making fun of the state of the US government, the system, the public and the media, capitalizing on how people consume, filter and perceive information, no matter how factual. While there are plenty of laughing scenes – including a running gag about a government official lying about free items – Do not seek is also moving, triggering a plethora of emotions ranging from apocalyptic terror to unabashed joy.

It’s a balancing act that McKay does incredibly well, never dwelling on one thing longer than necessary. It allows viewers to understand the gravity of the situation – a surrogate for the catastrophic effects of climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic – and how bad things can turn out when people are concerned about image, power. , policies and money. To this end, Do not seek satire is powerful and inflammatory in its critiques; it’s both comical and emotionally devastating in its precision. Plus, the film doesn’t shy away from showing how even those with the best of intentions can be swayed when they’re close enough to getting any kind of power and attention. It’s easy to lose sight of what’s important (even for a moment) when you’re put in the spotlight and your sense of importance is heightened.

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McKay tackles heavy topics like existence, fear and frivolity with panache and witty hilarity, all without missing a beat. The public will leave Do not seek feel amused and deeply concerned about the state of the world and the response to the disaster. Considering that the global pandemic is still ongoing, with so much information not taken seriously, labeled as a conspiracy or turned into talking points for political gain at the expense of public safety, Do not seek nails the subject while exploring its complexities. Most films treat the end of the world with the harshness it deserves, but McKay’s script lends a lightness and touches of realism. This makes the film all the more heartbreaking and intriguing to watch, with commentary on the dangers of greed-based decision making. In a way, Do not seek Elevates its painful moments by combining them with human nonsense and it works. McKay intersects with scenes from life on Earth – small, everyday things like walking animals, people coming together to socialize, a butterfly moving between blades of grass – that will make you appreciate life and its wonders. beautiful fleeting moments.

The performances certainly enhance an already strong movie. Leonardo DiCaprio as an anxious, under-the-radar scientist is a treat and he leans into it without overdoing it. His character’s trajectory makes sense given his backstory, and DiCaprio is often put in situations where Randall is like a fish out of water, which the actor capitalizes on through a display of physical discomfort. Jennifer Lawrence’s Kate acts as the moral compass throughout the story, and the actress approaches her scenes with an equal amount of ferocity and disbelief at everyone’s behavior. The supporting cast – including the ever-excellent Melanie Lynskey, the daring Cate Blanchett and Mark Rylance, who seems to be having a lot of fun playing billionaire tech CEO Peter Isherwell – are formidable. No matter how despicable or kind their characters are, they make the most of their roles.

Do not seek is a deeply disturbing watch with dark humor. He’s got just the right amount of comedy and zeal without losing sight of his message or the tension boiling beneath the surface. The various elements of the film work together to entertain while delivering incisive commentary without condescension to its audience. This is an impressive achievement since the film has several opportunities to take varied paths, but it never deviates from them. Rather, it adds layers to its story at every turn. Viewers will appreciate what the movie tries to say while laughing throughout.

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Do not seek releases in limited theaters on Friday, December 10, and will be available to stream on Netflix on December 24. The film is 145 minutes long and is rated R for language, some sexual content, graphic nudity, and drug content.

Our assessment:

4 out of 5 (Excellent)

  • Don’t look up (2021)Release Date: December 10, 2021

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