Don’t Look Up is a dark satire about a comet heading for Earth, which is used as metaphor for the real threat that climate change poses. It’s all-star cast includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Tyler Perry and Meryl Streep, amongst others.
Director Adam McKay has in the past addressed political and societal issues he feels need to be discussed in his films and his aims for the film were to convey the urgency about climate change and start meaningful conversations while still offering humour, an angle he felt audiences might find more digestible.
“We wanted to deal with…the climate crisis, which is so overwhelming and it’s arguably the greatest threat to life in the history of mankind…but if you’re able to laugh…I actually think that’s really important”
DiCaprio, who has been a long standing supporter of the environment through his own foundation, and has produced several films, including ‘Before the Flood’ said:
“I’ve been looking for a movie that was about this subject for decades now …there are so many comparisons we could make to the climate crisis with this storyline…I think it’s probably the most important issue all of us could be talking about on a regular basis. It takes artists like this to change the narrative, to create conversation.”
Don’t Look Up is released today on Netflix, 24th December.