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Don’t Look Up: The 10 Funniest Letterboxd Reviews | Screen Rant

Director Adam McKay’s role as a producer for the recently released sports drama series Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty has obviously been a great success, with the show already renewed for a second season. He’s more well-known for his role as director in Don’t Look Up, though, with the apocalyptic comedy film still receiving mixed reviews on Letterboxd, a social media platform for film buffs.

The divisive movie has inspired some hilarious reviews on the site, which range from remarks about wasting the star-studded cast’s time to defensive comments about how those who dislike the film simply hate the truth.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s funny performance as Dr. Randall Mindy resulted in some unforgettable moments like his public meltdown on “The Daily Rip,” which finally reveals a crack in his previously jovial facade. His well-written monologue expresses his frustration over the disbelief about the very real comet hurtling towards the earth.

It doesn’t entertain RyLan at all though, who states they “can tolerate a movie wasting” their “time, but wasting Leonardo DiCaprio’s time,” they “cannot forgive.” Audiences who didn’t enjoy the film aren’t impressed by its star-studded cast, whose talents are presumably wasted on the comedic movie.

Don’t Look Up isn’t the first movie to depict the apocalyptic scenario of a huge comet heading towards the planet to completely obliterate it. This has been seen before in movies like Deep Impact and Armageddon, with the main difference being that the 2021 film is a comedy.

The Letterboxd user kj provides a truly unique comparison through their review, writing that “it’s giving live-action Chicken Little.” In the classic animated film, the titular protagonist tries to convince everyone in his town that the sky is falling, but everyone can’t seem to see the obvious. It’s worth noting that Chicken Little actually received an even lower score on Letterboxd, with a rating of just 2.7 compared to Don’t Look Up‘s 3.1 (as of this writing).

The apocalyptic movie is polarizing for several reasons, with many viewers and critics feeling disappointed by its insensitive approach to its subject. Its campy humor also failed to resonate with some, despite being gut-busting for its numerous fans.

It’s clear where Theo stands in this debate, as they warn potential audiences by stating “don’t look forward either” and “go outside, bury” their heads “in the sand,” “in fact,” it’s better if they just close their eyes and “go to sleep.” He’s one of many who think the film isn’t worth seeing at all.

It’s obvious that Don’t Look Up questions the intelligence of the general population, as it depicts a wacky scenario where people just start refusing to look up to deny the existence of the comet that’s about to kill them. This doesn’t last long, though, as it soon becomes impossible to ignore the comet as it grows in size in the night sky.

It’s not clear if this disappoints Liam, who just leaves a review that says “they looked up” with a sad emoji. It’s a hilarious phrase that references how the film’s plot goes against its own title eventually when even President Janie Orlean’s supporters turn their heads towards the sky.

One of the biggest criticisms of Don’t Look Up is its lack of subtlety in the way it warns against climate change. It leaves little to no room for imagination, as its satirical portrayal of the impending disaster is pretty straightforward, including the people’s reactions to it.

This bothers Will Steele, who remarks how “if it were any more on the nose, it would be an actual nose.” The sidesplitting review is echoed by several others who found the movie’s crass humor and poor story a major letdown.

It’s hard to ignore the fact that Don’t Look Up‘s premise has already been portrayed on the big screen several times before and in much better ways. Case in point, director Lars von Trier’s Melancholia has a higher rating on Letterboxd and approaches the subject through a different lens.

The user Brianna leaves a review that mocks the 2021 film’s version, calling it “the yassification of Melancholia.” In the artsy film, a planet threatens to collide with the earth and complicates an already messy relationship between two sisters.

It’s interesting to think about why the premise of a giant comet, meteor, planet, or any other celestial object hurtling towards the earth is such a common subject explored in films. It could be rooted in the fact that it has happened once before in real life, albeit millions of years ago when there were no humans around.

This is the inspiration for a funny joke by el, who claims that “this happened to” their “buddy t-rex.” It’s highly likely that there will be more apocalyptic movies in the future using the same premise – viewers can only hope they’ll be less polarizing than Don’t Look Up.

From the moment she’s first introduced, it’s easy to see that President Orlean is one of the least likable characters in the film, as she’s more concerned about her fanbase than she is about the actual apocalypse. Of course, she manages to escape the scorched earth along with other rich characters, only to land on an alien planet 22,740 years later.

The user ro shares how “nothing could have prepared” them “for the last scene with Meryl Streep” (who plays President Orlean. They’re likely referring to how the president approaches an alien creature (a ‘Bronteroc) and is then violently eaten by it, a gut-busting callback to an earlier scene where BASH predicts her death.

The countless negative reviews for Don’t Look Up underscore how no number of A-list stars, crass jokes, and dollars can win over audiences if there isn’t a good story. Those who dislike the film are convinced that it’s an epic failure and did not achieve what it set out to do.

This is reflected in trin’s sarcastic opinion about it, as they state that “it definitely was a movie! had a plot! and some acting!” It just further emphasizes how movies shouldn’t underestimate their viewers and should definitely think twice before insulting an entire demographic.

The viewers who do end up liking the film find themselves going up against a barrage of hate for Don’t Look Up. Unlike its biggest critics, the movie’s fans praise it for its witty satirical humor, funny performances, and strong message that hits too close to home.

The Letterboxd user rachel asks if those who disliked the film just “hate the truth because” it depicts “exactly what would happen if this was a real scenario.” It’s an amusing take on the debate and discussion around the film, which at least sparked conversations about important topics like social media, climate change, and an increasingly divided world.

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