Don't Look Up

Director: Adam McKay
Year Released: 2021
Rating: 1.5

Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence) - a Michigan State Ph.D. candidate - looks deep into the night sky and sees a comet heading to destroy Earth so she notifies her advisor Dr. Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio, looking plump) who confirms her findings and they take the information to anyone who will listen - even the President (Meryl Streep, playing a female #42) and NASA - but their warning is ignored and autistic "businessman" Peter Isherwell (an exceptional Mark Rylance) tries to make a profit off the comet.  There are several very important messages in there - about global warming, the dangers of ignoring actual science and allowing publicly-traded companies to endanger the planet for their own interests - but it's mostly humorless (with the notable exception of Jonah Hill doing a vicious Don Jr. impersonation), preachy and bloated: Leo's twitchy doctor gets "corrupted" by promiscuous talk show host Brie Evantee (Cate Blanchett) while Dibiasky gets turned into a viral meme ... and human life does, in fact, cease to exist on Earth (except with one notable survivor).  Acting condescending isn't going to "wake" anyone up.