Right now, so many of us are looking for lightness and escapism in our entertainment. It makes sense that Schitt's Creek swept the 2020 Emmys and Ted Lasso did the same this past September. When the pandemic struck, life felt so bleak that the last thing viewers wanted was to see the tough aspects of their lives reflected on screen.
For this reason, the new movie Don't Look Up can be a difficult watch, because it often hits too close to home. However, this seems to be the intention.
The star-studded movie—which includes A-listers like Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence and more—follows the story of two astronomers (DiCaprio and Lawrence) who discover that a comet is flying toward Earth and will wipe out the planet. As these scientists scramble to get their government (and the world) to respond, the results are often frustrating and nerve-wracking.
Don't Look Up—which drops in theaters today and hits Netflix on December 24— is not merely a doomsday flick. The movie is overflowing with themes and social commentary. But while many of these ideas pack a punch, the film, in many ways, also feels limited.