The thing about films is, there’s always something to learn, sometimes through the storyline, or sometimes through a particular character’s performance. Then that film is also serving a higher purpose than just entertaining you because eventually, you’re able to takeaway something from it.
Such an instance happened with the film, Don’t Look Up, a satirical film on Netflix, directed by Adam McKay, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill. The official synopsis reads: Two low-level astronomers must go on a giant media tour to warn mankind of an approaching comet that will destroy planet Earth. (Check out my review of the film here: https://rth24blog.wordpress.com/2021/12/25/rthreviews-dont-look-up/)
There’s quite an important line in the film, as said by Leonardo DiCaprio’s character Randall Mindy, “We really did have everything, didn’t we? I mean, when you think about it.”
P. S. The quote is spoiler-free, there’s no way for it to spoil anything from the film.
But that one line speaks volumes. That dialogue comes at an important point in the film, but its takeaway is such that we can realize it in our own lives as well.
We are living our lives running around, chasing more wants day by day sometimes confusing them for our needs, putting in more time and more effort just to fulfill those wants and to then eventually “be happy”.
The world is evolving, and with it, so is capitalism and media manipulation. Now there’s so much advertising that’s thrown at you, with a base of relatability, concern, growth, etc. In all of that madness, comes along status. Because humans will achieve everything, and yet not be content if someone else has “more”.
So in this chaos of achieving status, mixed with advertising and capitalism, and media manipulation, the individual out there, thinking “I’m making all the decisions” is now wanting more than ever. That individual is putting it all, physically and mentally, to get more.
And in that race, they forget, or rather at some point in their own life, they’ll realize, “We really did have everything, didn’t we? I mean, when you think about it.”
But, would that realization then come too late?