That’s what’s happened to the brash comedy “Don’t Look Up” which was released on Netflix the day before Christmas. Most of the mainstream reviewers panned it. Audiences disagreed – the movie promptly jumped to the top of Netflix’s most-watched list in 89 countries.
As one site said, “general audiences don’t give a rat’s ass about what the critics think.”
Like the earlier political comedies “Network” and “Dr. Strangelove,” the movie is a cry of frustration. We know bad things are in store. We know we’re being lied to by politicians, the media, the sociopathic billionaires.
But what can we do? We write earnest articles, we protest, we try to understand different points of view.
For years we do this, and the machine rolls on. Sometimes we just need to rear back and laugh at all the jackassery.
As a climate scientist, I live in #DontLookUp every fucking day
I felt seen
… it’s satire but it’s also damn accurate … we need more climate storytelling like this
What’s ironic is that the movie doesn’t mention climate at all. Instead a comet is discovered hurtling towards earth. It’s a planet killer which will send tidal waves a mile high in all directions.
You’d think that the imminent catastrophe would set off screaming headlines and a lightning response from world governments.
If you think that, silly you! You haven’t been paying attention to our dysfunctional response to:
- Climate change
- Obscene wealth vs growing desperation
- Species extinction
- Resource depletion
The movie shows us a familiar cast of characters. Some struggle heroically to get the word out. Others plot how to squeeze the crisis to their personal advantage.
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