Monday, January 3, 2022

Don’t look up! - Movie review



Don’t Look Up is a star studded Netflix movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio,  Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchette, and others. It is a story about two academic astronomers discovering a comet 10 kilometers wide hurtling through space on a trajectory taking it to hit dead smack Planet Earth probably destroying all human life on the planet.

The two academic astronomers are dismissed and marginalized by the governmental officials in charge of managing the crisis who are more concerned about the P.R. spin that the substance of the information. Sound familiar?

While the movie is satire, it is true enough to life to scare the hell out of anyone who is living through the current era of top level governmental incompetence.

The movie is targeted to an adult audience mature enough to appreciate the satire.

The moral of the story (spoiler alert) is that humanity ends badly because of governmental incompetence and meddling by billionaires who control government policy, decisions, and behavior. The moral of the story may elude many of the viewers because of their need to depend on public officials and the 1% for their survival and sense of security. 

Another lesson is that governmental officials primary incentive is to maintain their political power rather than serve the public even if their machinations lead to deaths.

The movie is highly recommended for people interested in political science and who take their responsibility for competent governance seriously. The movie presents a narrative that is very upsetting on a conscious level and it may be that the biggest benefit of viewing this film for individuals and society will come from its unconscious influence.

Don’t look up is streaming on Netflix

The movie earns a rating of 5 out of 5.

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