In fact, “Don’t Look Up” is another apocalyptic picture on the theme of a global catastrophe. However, this is not about the cataclysm itself, but about the events that preceded it. So, Keith DiBiasky discovers a comet moving towards the Earth. Her professor, Randall Mindy, calculates the trajectory of the space guest and comes to the conclusion that the comet will collide with our planet with a 100% probability. This will happen in six months. Considering that the diameter of the celestial body is about 10 kilometers, life on Earth will be destroyed.
Mindy reports the discovery to NASA, and is switched to Teddy Oglethorpe, head of planetary defense. Teddy invites Randall and Kate to the White House to tell the country’s president about the danger. However, the head of state, Janie Orlin, and her son Jason, who heads the presidential administration, took the news rather coolly.
Then astronomers decide to attract public attention through the media. They are invited to participate in a popular talk show, but the presenters are more joking about the situation, so the threat of the destruction of humanity looks ephemeral.
Kate breaks down and screams that everyone will die soon, and almost instantly becomes the hero of memes. The White House and NASA vehemently deny the existence of the killer comet. One gets the impression that people do not want to know anything about the threat from outer space. But the situation suddenly changes.
President Orlin is involved in a sex scandal, and Janie decides to play the comet card to boost her ratings. She again invites Randall and Kate to Washington and tells about her plan. Jenny wants to admit her mistakes, the head of NASA announces that she is ready to resign in disgrace. Next, the president plans to organize a space mission and send an astronaut into space to bring the comet off course.
All of America is watching the launch of the ship. However, after takeoff, the shuttle turns around. Mission cancelled. The reasons will soon become clear. Eccentric billionaire Peter Isherwell, who owns BASH, sponsors all government projects, including presidential elections, offers another option for saving humanity.
The fact is that BASH astrophysicists discover trillions of dollars worth of rare earth metals in the comet. Peter presents a project calculated by Nobel laureates to destroy a comet. Drones will be sent to the celestial body, which will dock to the surface and lay depth charges. After the explosion, the comet will break into several parts that do not pose a threat to the planet. Then the wreckage will only have to be removed from the ocean.
Professor Mindy is invited to participate in the project as a consultant. Keith tells random people at the bar that they don’t want to destroy the comet because BASH is going to make super profits from it. This provokes a wave of riots, and the FBI forces Kate to leave Washington. The girl goes home, where she works in a store, and soon starts a relationship with a guy named Yul.
Randall works in Washington DC and is having an affair with TV presenter Bree Evanti. Randall’s wife finds out about his betrayal, comes to sort things out, but he remains with his own. However, things are changing in Mindy. He breaks off live and loudly declares a possible apocalypse. He is suspended, Mindy, Kate and Teddy organize an opposition campaign “Just look up”, because the comet is visible from Earth with the naked eye.
China, Russia and India are trying to launch their own space mission, but it is failing. The only hope for salvation is the BASH project. However, some drones explode at the start, another part when landing on a comet. It is impossible to synchronize the detonation of charges, so the comet continues to rush towards the Earth.
Peter, Janie and other rich people leave the doomed earth in cryopods on a spaceship. Everything happens in a big hurry, so the president even forgets his son. However, she calls Mindy and invites him to join. The professor refuses. He intends to reconcile with his wife and return to the family. Kate joins this last meal with Yul and Teddy. They talk about trifles, discussing coffee, when the comet crashes into the Earth and everything perishes.
After some time, the BASH ship reaches a planet that is habitable and inhabited by dinosaurs. Orlin immediately wants to get acquainted with the local fauna, and they bite off her head, and a flock of creatures called bronterogs surround other space settlers. The end of the film.
The movie Don’t Look Up (2021) is not just a disaster movie. This is a satire on social problems, and comedy, and fantasy. Astronomers manage to see a new comet. However, their forecasts are disappointing. Very soon there will be a collision of a celestial body with the Earth. After this event, none of the people will be able to survive. Astronomers are starting to sound the alarm. Only neither the president of the country nor ordinary citizens take their words seriously. Will scientists be able to convince everyone around that humanity is in serious danger? Let’s analyze the film “Don’t Look Up” to understand its hidden meaning.
Reviews of film critics for this film are very contradictory. Many viewers agree that the film “Don’t Look Up” is a satire on everything. This story, as it were, “opens people’s eyes” to the current reality, ridicules social network users, whose needs have recently become extremely limited. People are chasing likes, trying to get more subscribers. They care about the opinions of people they don’t even know. The Internet is a collection of loneliness. Users of social networks are concerned only with physiological needs: to eat, sleep. And even then not always. People seem to be all together, but still lonely. Illusion of life.
The filmmakers did not ignore the topic of corruption. They clearly showed what the greed does to people. Characters are only interested in material goods. They do not even think about their spiritual fulfillment. They seem to be sure that wealth, material wealth will certainly make them happy. For the sake of countless treasures, they are ready for almost anything. Such people do not know how much money they need just for life. Characters adhere to the rule “the more the better.” Looking at this picture from the outside, you understand that moral values are gradually depreciating. Honesty, justice, mutual assistance fade into the background.
The film “Don’t Look Up” is about the fact that people have both ups and downs on their life path. It is impossible to jump with delight every day. People have both high spirits and complete depression. But they prefer to hide their condition behind a mask. The authors of the film do not understand how you can smile in any situation. Why not allow yourself to experience real emotions?! People are afraid to appear weak, helpless. They do not want anyone to support them, they try to achieve everything on their own. If something does not work out, they do not go for help, but begin to “eat” themselves from the inside.
But not only ordinary people can be hypocritical, but also huge corporations. Companies offer characters something that helps the heroes of the story to assert themselves in the eyes of others. But for this they require a lot of money, which sometimes people simply do not have. However, even in this case, the characters do not want to look like losers in the eyes of others. They take out loans, go into debt to buy things that may not be so vital to them. Characters do not want to stand out from the crowd, they do not want to be worse than others in some way.
The meaning of the film “Don’t Look Up” is also that people have stopped listening to their true needs, paying attention to their moral state. Sometimes they don’t take the first warning signs seriously. But over time, problems accumulate like a snowball. Any non-standard, nervous situation can knock a character out of his usual life rut. But people figured out how to deal with it. They take antidepressants. In huge quantities, without hesitation, what harm they do to their body.
From the outside, everything that is ridiculed in the film looks very funny. However, as the film progresses, it becomes clear that these problems are also characteristic of modern society. Social networks have absorbed a person; he spends most of his time on the Internet. Now almost everyone has a gadget with which he does not part. People are dependent on the virtual world, on the opinions of others. But social media is just a pretty picture. Few will want to share their difficulties, problems. People are constantly looking for new stories to post online. They need likes, approval from the outside. Only with time can a person realize that this path will not lead him to happiness. In fact, Internet users are indifferent to the fate of a particular person. Every man for himself. The comments left also do not reflect the real picture.
The film “Don’t Look Up” is about how the virtual world has replaced the real one for some people. They are taken over by social media. People don’t want anyone to know their true selves. They themselves have created an image for themselves that suits them. Now they are trying to convince others of this. The filmmakers openly talk about the shortcomings that are inherent in people. However, some “truth hurts the eyes.”
In several episodes, everything looks theatrical and simulated, as if on the verge of hysteria. The characters don’t trust anyone, not even themselves. They do not pay attention to the evidence, they need to see everything for themselves. Therefore, they sometimes miss important events.
Despite the fact that we are talking about comedy and light cinema, the meaning of the film “Don’t Look Up” is very deep. Here, modern society is shown very realistically, which, even in the face of the threat of the destruction of civilization, does not believe in the reality of events, and some even try to benefit from the current situation. Consider the general idea of the film and try to explain the hidden meaning.
We turn to the analysis of the meanings that the director offers us. The overall meaning of the “Don’t Look Up” ending is that humanity is constantly in its delusions. This is well illustrated by the post-credits scene, where the president’s son, Orlin, gets out from under the rubble, calls for his mother, and then tries to send a message on social networks. He reports that he was the last earthling, while he invites everyone to subscribe to him and put likes.
The explanation for the ending may be that human stupidity can survive anything, even a global cataclysm. And this means that in the event of the fall of such a comet, we will be doomed. According to the movie Don’t Look Up, Peter has the technology to save himself. However, places on the ship are only for influential and wealthy people. Perhaps in modern society they are considered an elite, but in the wild they are doomed to extinction. Therefore, the explanation that the director gives can be only one – even having everything to save, we will still die, because we are saving not those who are needed, but those who are profitable.
Also, in the finale of the film “Don’t Look Up”, the acceptance of the inevitable is very well shown. We are talking about dinner at Mindy’s house, where all the main characters gathered. They fussed throughout the film, trying to convey to people a simple truth. At the same time, half a year remained before the collision, and there were chances to prevent a catastrophe. In the end, everyone fusses, except for them. Mindy, his family and friends have dinner and die, apparently in a great mood right at the table.
The meaning of the film
The essence of the film “Don’t Look Up” is very simple. The key to the plot lies in the fact that the fate of the planet is decided by incompetent people, and, unfortunately, they are in the majority. Judge for yourself. The presidential administration is headed by the son of Orlin. This is an overgrown dunce who has taken a high post solely under the patronage of his mother, while sometimes even surprising his parent with his pearls. Suffice it to recall how he suggested praying for things. This is a typical sissy, who stupidly sits and waits for his mother to return, and does not make any attempts to escape.
The head of NASA knows nothing about astrophysics, she used to work as an anesthesiologist. At the same time, she authoritatively declares that there is no threat from the comet. The moment of launching the first rescue mission is very indicative. When one of the spectators exclaims in surprise that the shuttle is turning around. Another objects to him, arguing that this is just a maneuver, focusing on the experience of his service in the navy.
It is these “experts” in the film that are the majority, and if you carefully follow the plot, references to this meaning can be traced very often. There are only three real specialists here: Mindy, Dibiasky and Oglethorpe. However, their expert opinion does not reach most people. After all, it is much more interesting to follow the singer’s divorce and sex scandals during the presidential race.
Why weren’t people really afraid of the comet?
Let’s be honest. How many times has the theme of the end of the world been promoted for various reasons, but our planet continues to exist. The interpretation of the film “Don’t Look Up” also brings us to this. People are fed up with messages about the next end of the world and no longer respond to this information.
Moreover, throughout the film, the news of a global catastrophe was presented in a semi-joking manner. Only three people knew how serious everything was, but they are not media personalities and do not know how to properly present information.
A simple example. According to a real NASA report, a large asteroid will approach the earth. The maximum convergence will occur in March. It does not cause panic and fear in anyone. Although the threat of a collision may exist, we are not told about it.
Who is Yul (Timothée Chalamet) and why is he in the movie?
This is a kind of catalyst. Yul is not rich and not a scientist. He is a simple street guy who steals wine from the store. However, during a family dinner, only he knows how to read the prayer. Therefore, Yul can be called a messiah, saving the souls of our heroes.
Will those who flew to another planet survive?
Definitely not. These are people who are used to solving problems with a bank card or a call to an influential acquaintance. Here they are very revealingly naked alone with the wild. It is quite natural that they have no chance of salvation. Even if someone survives, they will not be able to revive humanity.