Where to Watch ‘Don’t Look Up’
Don’t Look Up is writer/director Adam McKay‘s follow-up to the Academy Award-winning film Vice. The film is getting a lot of attention for its American satire and a massively impressive all-star cast. Don’t Look Up is getting attention as one of the funniest movies of the year and a serious awards conteder. Some moviegoers are curious where they can watch Don’t Look Up leading into awards season to join the conversation.
Is ‘Don’t Look Up’ a real story?
The plot follows low-level astronomer Dr. Randall Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his student, Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence). They discover that a comet is heading directly toward Earth. A potentially exciting sight turns into panic, as it’s guaranteed to destroy the planet. However, the government fails to listen to their discovery, so the pair launch a global media tour to try and warn the world.
Don’t Look Up isn’t a real story, but it speaks on supposedly possible events. McKay’s film is social commentary that the filmmaker made even “crazier” after the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and Donald Trump. Don’t Look Up intends to make audiences laugh, but also think about the state of the world and their place in this particular conversation.
‘Don’t Look Up’ is going to theaters and Netflix
A Netflix press release announced that Don’t Look Up will hit select theaters on Dec. 10 and the Netflix streaming platform on Dec. 24. Moviegoers have the opportunity to see it earlier in theaters if it’s playing in their area, but it will also be more widely available to stream from home on Netflix just in time for the Christmas holiday.
McKay explained how Netflix’s Don’t Look Up gave the cast and crew a sigh of relief. The world is in an awkward place with the pandemic and social divisions, but Don’t Look Up gives moviegoers the opportunity to laugh at it as a tool to process it. McKay hopes that audiences are able to take something positive away from his newest movie.
“And that’s not to say that laughter is the only way to deal with confusing or scary times, but I think this movie is really for all the people out there who have been living in this crazy ecosystem and just want to laugh at that and maybe have a couple of basic problems solved,” McKay said to Netflix. “Like, can we at least do that?”
Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence lead an all-star cast
DiCaprio and Lawrence are some of Hollywood’s biggest names, yet the impressive Don’t Look Up cast doesn’t end with them. The cast also includes Rob Morgan, Jonah Hill, Mark Rylance, Tyler Perry, Timothée Chalamet, Ron Perlman, Ariana Grande, Scott Mescudi, Cate Blachett, and Meryl Streep. The trailer showcases the cast’s witty banter and their ability to immerse the audience with improv.
Some awards analyst question whether Netflix’s Don’t Look Up is “too funny” for the Academy Awards. The comedy genre tends to be underappreciated at prestigious awards ceremony, but that doesn’t mean that awards nominations are out of the question.