Don't Look Up

Don't Look Up ★★

It seems I find myself firmly in the camp of those who just don't enjoy Adam McKay's brand of political satire. Don't Look Up is no exception. I find the frenetic quick cutting and freeze framing he often employs to generate energy mostly annoying and the commentary to be so incredibly on the nose, loud, and self congratulatory that it just feels condescending (even though I do agree with most of his positions). The charm it does have is all generated by a top tier cast. DiCaprio is solid as an average middle aged midwestern professorial type, and Mark Rylance shines as what I wish were an exaggerated version of an eccentric, Elon Musk style tech billionaire. For me the performances just couldn't overcome the obnoxious tone of the commentary though. Those who enjoy McKay's signature style will likely get much more mileage out of this than I did.

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