“We really did have everything, didn’t we?” #DontLookUp

“We really did have everything, didn’t we?” #DontLookUp

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?

RTHReviews: Don’t Look Up

RTHReviews: Don’t Look Up

Those familiar with Adam McKay’s works know the subtleties in his storyline and the volume they speak, and Don’t Look Up is no exception to that.

(Here’s the official synopsis: Two low-level astronomers must go on a giant media tour to warn mankind of an approaching comet that will destroy planet Earth.)

How he has approached the film is simply excellent, the satire is impeccable. The film talks about climate change without even referring to it, whilst also quietly taking a dig on the left-wing vs right-wing of politics, and how people are so easily manipulated… I mean the film touches upon so many points and can be applied to so many categories, it’s just brilliant.

It’s quite interesting right from the get-go, freaking hilarious, and you simultaneously feel the underlying disappointment beneath the laughter too, something you understand when you watch it.

What else makes this film such a great watch? THE CAST. You’re seeing these faces after such a long time and all of them together is just applaud-worthy. Leonardo DiCaprio with another excellent performance, Jennifer Lawrence does what she does best, Meryl Streep just killed it in her role… And Jonah Hill’s comic timing is everything, whilst it’s difficult to single out one individual performance in this collective effort, Jonah Hill was just too good in his role.

The takeaway from the film, the perspective, speaks a lot, especially when compared to the reality we live in. The meta approach was another plus point, and well, there’s only so much you can appreciate about a film… Truly one of the great films of 2021.