A few days ago I have finally decided to watch Don’t look up with my fiance, and while I enjoyed it greatly, there was one thing that bothered me.
Don’t look up is one of the most talked about movies in the past year. With obvious parallel between its story about a devastating meteor and how humanity handles global warming in real life.
In the first couple of minutes it came at me strong with its zany satire, I felt it too much, too forced. But as time went on, I started to realize that actually it is pretty accurate.
Actually I experienced the most “Don’t look up-esque” moment just one day after watching the movie. I saw an article popping up about how the movie ended Leonardo DiCaprio’s positive review streak. I instantly saw a parallel between that stupid article, and how in the movie people focused more on viewer ratings than the issues at hand.
But one thing still bothers me about the movie, where I think it missed the mark. I understand that the movie needed some antagonists, however I think the fact that the POTUS is Donald Trump’s parody was a miss.
Before you start to type an angry comment, saying that I am defending Trump, let me stop you. I am not. I am by no means supporting him in any shape or form. I don’t even live in the US.
However in my opinion, narrowing down the issue of climate change denial to one certain failure of a politician is missing the point. Every single world leader is guilty in this. Not just Trump, not just his followers, but all of the leaders of the super powers, and the owners of the largest companies, who rather spend their wealth on another space race than solving real issues with their unimaginable wealth. Which by the way just grew further since the pandemic has started.
It would be very simple to think that Trump, republicans in general are the ones at fault. But the reality is worse.
In my opinion the movie should have pointed fingers at a much larger circle of culprits to emphasize the actual magnitude of how deep the issues are. It won’t be solved just by voting on another guy.
That being said, I still think it was a great movie and in case you haven’t watched it, I suggest you do. It is surprisingly divisive, and I would love to hear your thoughts on it.