“Don’t Look Up”: Urgently amusing


Alexis Vallejo

Dr. Randall Mindy, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, looking up at the comet.

Alexis Vallejo ’22, Review Writer

Director Adam McKay, known for directing the films “Step Brothers” and “Vice,” made an amusing and engaging movie by having a creative plot, dramatic scenes, and having outstanding actors.

Two astronomers discovered a comet that was very large and was heading towards Earth. It was an extinction level comet. They tried to reach the U.S. government by warning them, but the president didn’t really care about it. They tried to get the media to know about it but it was prohibited. This worried them because this comet was huge and people were just calling them crazy and didn’t care at all. 

Throughout the film the plot was very creative. There were multiple plot twists throughout the movie. The reaction of the people and the media was unexpected. The people did not believe what the astronomers were saying, even though they are the experts and know what they’re talking about. The president’s reaction  and personality was not expected either.

There were many scenes that were dramatic. There were parts where scenes were cut off when someone was being very emotional. The cut offs really made the movie more amusing because at first the actor is very emotional, and then it switches off to a scene that is more silent and peaceful. The actors were very dramatic when they  found out the news, which is expected.

The actors played a big role in moving the movie forward. The two astronomers, played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence, helped engage the audience. Their emotional stress from the comet really made it more exciting to watch. Bringing in famous people and the media brought engagement to the movie. The acting of the famous people showed their ignorance towards what the astronomers were saying, which was really great.

Some say this film was not very amusing or exciting. but there were multiple scenes where the actors used their emotion to really bring out the excitement in the film. 

  • 2h 18m
  • Rated R
  • On Netflix