Don’t Look Up director Adam McKay describes the surreal experience of going on lockdown and seeing the early response to the pandemic mirroring his script.
Do not seek Director Adam McKay recalls the eerie similarities between his screenplay and the early days of the pandemic. The satirical sci-fi film was released on Netflix on December 24 after a limited theatrical release and drew a large following, setting a record for the most hours of streaming in a single week. However, reactions to the film were divided, resulting in a lot of discussion online.
Do not seek Mainly follows two astronomers, Leonardo DiCaprio’s Dr. Randall Mindy and Jennifer Lawrence’s Kate Dibiasky, after discovering a large comet on its way to an extinction-level collision with Earth. Their journey begins with the rejection of their findings by US President Janie Orlean (Meryl Streep), who is more concerned about how the news would affect his chances of re-election, which sets them on the path to convincing the general public, this which is much more difficult. than they expected. The all-star cast also includes Cate Blanchett, Jonah Hill, Mark Rylance, Timothée Chalamet and Ariana Grande, among others.
Although Do not seek was written as an allegory of climate change, notes McKay in an interview with Variety that the similarities between his storyline and the events of the start of the pandemic were surreal. The film was in pre-production at the time of the initial lockdown, and although filming was initially scheduled to begin in April 2020, cameras would not start rolling until November. McKay says he started getting texts from the cast and crew as soon as it all came to a standstill to show how his film’s scripts were coming true:
It was a weird experience, writing the script, running it, spotting and then having to stop going to quarantine…? It’s in your script! ‘ And then three days later, ‘Oh, my God, it just happened. It’s in the script! ‘
McKay and Co. weren’t the only ones noticing the similarities, as one of the main reasons Do not seek resonated with his fans was his portrayal of science’s politicized disbelief. Whether viewers believe the film’s satire hits the desired mark has proven to be a subject of intense debate, with many critics lashing out at critics who wrote negative reviews as disregarding the importance of its message. McKay, for his part, said he was looking forward to Do not seekThe bad reviews of and thinks a polarized response is a good indicator that his film has touched viewers.
There are, however, legitimate reasons for criticizing McKay’s latest article, and while many of his critics simply said it was lacking in humor, others have argued that the central comet metaphor does not represent the comet very well. climate change. Yet despite its division, Do not seek appears to be a major player this awards season after netting a SAG nomination for Outstanding Casting Performance in a Film. Viewers can expect to find out a lot more about the satirical film as the Oscars airing draws near.
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