When he was doing teen comedies like “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” and “Step Brothers” few expected longtime Will Ferrell collaborator Adam McKay to become one of the most critical critics. fierce of American culture. “The Big Short and” Vice “retained McKay’s signature sense of humor, but used it to make complex political issues more palatable. Fittingly, McKay’s next project sounds like the perfect social satire for the COVID-19 era.
“Don’t Look Up” stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence in rare comedic roles, playing astronauts who return to Earth to warn humanity of a comet that could wipe out human life. Unfortunately, their government officials are quick to deny their claims, while the general public remains skeptical. The parallels with recent events are not hard to see.
While politically charged, “Don’t Look Up” marks McKay’s return to the original stories, and it looks like the film continues to combine comedy with scathing social commentary. McKay has never failed to take actors out of their comfort zone, and his ensemble includes Cate Blanchette, Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill, Timothee Chalamet, Chris Evans, Rob Morgan, Ariana Grande, Himesh Patel, Tyler Perry, Mary Rylance , Matthew Perry, Melanie Lynskey, Ron Perlman and Michael Chicklis. Is there a more exciting cast in a movie coming out this year – or, really, never?