"Don't Look Up" (2021) | Sam Gall Movie Review Issue #154 Gem Mint 10

Updated: Jan 9



"Don't Look Up" (2021)

Director: Adam McKay

Writer: Adam McKay, David Sirota

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Rob Morgan, Jonah Hill, Mark Rylance, Tyler Perry, Timothee Chalamet, Ron Perlman, Ariana Grande, Kid Cudi, Himesh Patel, Melanie Lynskey

Rated: R for language throughout, some sexual content, graphic nudity and drug content

Runtime: 2h 18m

Genre: Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi

Country: United States

Language: English

Available on: Various VOD platforms / on Netflix December 24, 2021


"Two low-level astronomers must go on a giant media tour to warn mankind of an approaching comet that will destroy planet Earth."


You might like this if you like: Comedies, Dramas, Sci-Fi, Adam McKay, David Sirota, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Rob Morgan, Jonah Hill, Mark Rylance, Tyler Perry, Timothee Chalamet, Ron Perlman, Ariana Grande, Kid Cudi, Himesh Patel, Melanie Lynskey



Jonah Hill (left), Leonardo DiCaprio (middle left), Meryl Streep (middle right), Jennifer Lawrence (right) in "Don't Look Up" (2021)


When the trailer first came out, I knew kind of how this review would go from the beginning. I knew I would like it regardless because of Adam McKay and the cast. The best part about the movie is the concept and the cast. You get that in both the trailer and the film, you just get to spend more time with those actors/characters.

Also from the trailer, remained my biggest problem with the film, which was a lack of people of color in significant roles. Look, you picked the best people you possibly could for the leads, I would watch any of those cast members work for days, but it still felt like it wasn’t giving many opportunities to the people who maybe haven’t had as many, as say DiCaprio or Meryl Streep.


Meryl Streep in "Don't Look Up" (2021)


Now despite everything I just said… I was hooked. I loved every second of it. It felt, terrifyingly real, I mean that’s what I loved about it just from the trailer, but we get to really go on that adventure in the full film.


Jennifer Laurence (left) & Leonardo DiCaprio (right) in "Don't Look Up" (2021)


I am a fan of McKay’s past work, and all of our leading actors. Jonah Hill and DiCaprio back together was certainly nice, and getting to see them play off Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence and Cate Blanchett was just too fun to watch!


Mark Rylance was the unexpected joy I didn’t really catch or remember too well from the trailer, but he was just perfect and I loved his little role. Chalamet, Grande, Perry and Kid Cudi were all enjoyable, but I think the leads took over this film.


Cate Blanchett (left) & Tyler Perry (right) in "Don't Look Up" (2021)

The reality that Adam McKay created, and hopefully the awareness of how real this would be, is jaw-dropping’y perfect. The greed, the selfishness and ego’s that stop the world from saving itself..


Oh and Adam McKay is a huge Marvel fan (wrote 'Ant-Man' in 2015), so stick around after the credits! There's two.


Also, if you're interested in some ways you can actually help with climate change, there's a documentary I worked on for 3 YEARS that's also on Netflix called 'Kiss the Ground' narrated by Woody Harrelson, showing us ways we help reverse climate change. Check it out!



'Kiss the Ground' (2020) Official Trailer:


Written by Sam Gall on Dec 21, 2021


CGC Grading: Gem Mint 10.0


"There's something oddly satisfying about the way McKay's film lets us laugh at our own doom." - Clarisse Loughrey, Independent (UK)


"The film may not be as fabulous as its star-studded cast suggests, but it's still exactly what you expect it to be, and I quite like that, a slightly sly but broad satire." - Mark Kermode, Kermode & Mayo's Film Review


"Where Don't Look Up finds its strength is in its lead performances, which can't be undone even by the film's exhausting, rapid-fire editing and McKay's aggressive indicating toward his own punchlines." - Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair


"Don't Look Up finds deeper meaning and a grander aesthetic that not only challenges the conversation but demands action - before it's too late. There is no mistaking that this is one of the best films of the year." - Stephanie Archer, Film Inquiry



Official Trailer:


Behind the Scenes:


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