In his new film “Don’t Look Up,” director Adam McKay has recruited an all-star cast teeming with Oscar winners to deliver a comedic warning about climate catastrophe.
Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio star as two astronomers who set out to warn the world about an incoming comet that threatens to destroy the globe in the Netflix picture. But, starting with Meryl Streep’s President Janie Orlean, the message falls on deaf ears.
“The big thing, I believe, is that we want you to chuckle… “The amazing thing about test screening the movie was that right and left wing were both laughing,” says McKay, who is best known for his films “The Big Short” and “Vice.” “, said during the premiere of the film on Sunday night.
“What we’re aiming for here is a sense of commonality, as in, what have we done to each other? Why, with all of this divisiveness and nonsense, can’t we just get back to basics? So it’s political in some ways and absolutely non-political in others.”
The film’s message, according to three-time Oscar winner Streep, is simple: “Look up… we know what’s coming, and we know we can do something about it.”
The comedy follows DiCaprio and Lawrence’s characters as they attempt hard to spread their message and launch a media campaign.
“I think we all saw this as a really rare gift,” added DiCaprio, who is an outspoken environmentalist. “We’d all been eager to get the word out about the climate problem, and Adam truly cracked the code with this narrative,” said the group.
Cate Blanchett, Jonah Hill, Rob Morgan, Tyler Perry, Mark Rylance, and Ariana Grande star in the picture.
On December 24, “Don’t Look Up,” which will have a limited theatrical release, will be available to view on Netflix.
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