Andy McKay’s apocalyptic black comedy film gained the audience’s attention before it was even released. The incredible cast of Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill, Timothée Chalamet and Cate Blanchett was enough to spark worldwide interest, but combined with the everlasting popularity of the-end-of-the-world theme – the movie sounded more than promising. However, it did leave people divided.
Some were impressed by the actors’ performances (but that is hardly an argument considering the cast), skillfully expressed satire which seemed just a little too real and a clever comedy which suited the movie perfectly and was surprisingly appropriate for the context. Others do not share the opinion and believe the movie was a cheap attempt at both comedy and drama, which appeals only to self-proclaimed “woke” people who blame the government for everything and never fail to succumb to their own intellectual snobbery.
But all this aside, Andy McKay himself is more than happy with the outcome. For him, it was encouraging to see the Film Academy’s recognition of his work and he was heartened by the experience of watching the movie debut globally on Netflix. In the interview for Deadline, McKay states:
“I’ve just never experienced anything like that, where it’s almost like a button is pushed and then it just injects into upwards of 500 million people”
He is impressed by the size of the audience and the change this movie inspired in the real world, like France doing a Don’t Look Up Day in March and New Mexico’s having a bill named Don’t Look Up Bill. McKay is vowed by people’s reaction and claims that the movie definitely surpassed what he had hoped for.
“A lot of people relate to it as far as democracies teetering, income inequality, the pandemic. So, it’s amazing and it just reminds us of what movies can do.”
Don’t Look Up will compete for Best Picture at this year’s Oscars with Dune (Warner Bros.), Nightmare Alley (Searchlight Pictures), West Side Story (20th Century Studios) and others.