Don’t Look Up Teaser Trailer: Armageddon But In Today’s Political Climate
Imagine if every extinction level, end of the world apocalypse movie began a little different. The Day After Tomorrow, Armageddon, 2012 all portray a world where some kind of global situation threatens the destruction of the world. In most disaster movies, the various nations of the world put aside their politics to save the world. Together. But imagine if things didn’t play out that way. That’s kind of what the new Don’t Look Up teaser trailer imagines in the politically charged climate of today. The new Netflix original movie from Adam McKay looks hilarious, if not a little scary to imagine. It’s possibly McKay’s biggest fictional film to be set in the backdrop of US politics. And It looks absolutely amazing.
How Adam McKay Stepped Into Political Filmmaking
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Before The Big Short, McKay was a filmmaker mostly known for his adult-themed Will Ferrel comedies. And they were pretty hilarious. Movies like Anchorman and Step Brothers are comedic classics for many cinephiles. But with The Big Short, McKay took a different kind of swing. The Big Short dealt with the financial crisis of 2008 and presented hard-to-swallow facts in the most entertaining and comedic ways. The movie featured some big stars too. With the success of The Big Short, McKay stayed on his political trend, with someone even more based in reality; a weird kind of biopic of Dick Cheney, recounting his days as Vice President of the Bush Administration.
Vice didn’t do as well as The Big Short, probably as many felt that glorifying or making a divisive political figure seem sympathetic wasn’t the best approach. Even though McKay less humanized Cheney, and more exposed the diabolical mindset of a political figure. In many ways, the movie was actually something of a dark comedy. But it looks like he’s learned his lesson, as the Don’t Look Up teaser trailer sees more fictionalized versions of political leaders, than actual real-life people. And the possibilities with that minor tweak feel endless.
Don’t Look Up Teaser Trailer Is About The Political End Of The World
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The teaser begins with a pair of astronomers played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence who discover that a meteor is headed to Earth. Rally the U.N. troops and let’s send some good-looking oil drillers to punch a hole in that sucker, right?! Well, you’d think so, but not really. Given that the Don’t Look Up teaser trailer is just that, a teaser, it doesn’t really give us the entire story. But what looks to be happening, as the astronomers try to warn the leaders, is that they’re having a hard time convincing people.
In a meeting with Meryl Streep, who looks like she’s potentially playing a fictionalized version of a recognizable politician who is now President, things don’t really go their way. Jonah Hill shows up in this as Streep’s assistant, or second in command, who is also less than thrilled. He compares the threat of destruction by a meteor to other perceived global threats like famine, drought and climate change. And all through this, and the rest of the teaser trailer, DiCaprio’s meek and mild-mannered character is freaking the freak out at the magnitude of his discovery.
How America Deals With A Global Catastrophe
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The Don’t Look Up teaser trailer puts forth a pretty interesting twist on this formula. While other disaster movies imagine America in the best possible light, rallying to save the world and her people, the reality is not always the case. The success of America’s global political influence has been spotty at best, and catastrophic at the worst. So to imagine that they would immediately expend resources, time and money on an impending disaster that is by nature, extraterrestrial, feels far-fetched. Especially in today’s America, one that struggles to deal with a national pandemic, despite the available scientific evidence.
So seeing two astronomers trying to convince the nation’s leaders about a big rock hurtling towards them, and be faced with derision, dismissive sarcasm and eye rolls, is actually very very funny. Especially, again, with DiCaprio just losing it in the background during it all. This reaction, however funny, might actually be more in line with a realistic reaction by the government if this ever was to happen in reality. A full story trailer of Don’t Look Up may reveal even more outrageous situations that come up in the story. Or they might just play everything pretty straightforward. Only time will tell.
The Cast In The Don’t Look Up Teaser Trailer Is Insanely Impressive
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While DiCaprio has done some pretty outrageous roles, his role in Don’t Look Up looks to stand on his own. Playing an anxious and nervous scientist without the charm or good looks of Jeff Goldblum in Independence Day, DiCaprio’s brief performance in this teaser is incredible. Being the one guy who lacks confidence in an ensemble cast playing characters with swagger and cock-sure attitude makes him the fish out of water. And I can’t wait to see what he can do in an out-and-out comedy.
Joining him is the seemingly apathetic and aloof Jennifer Lawrence’s character. The movie also has Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Timothee Chalamet, Tyler Perry, Matthew Perry, Ariana Grande, Ron Perlman and so many more. I absolutely cannot wait for this movie to come out later this year.
Don’t Look Up premieres on Netflix on December 24.
How did you feel about the Don’t Look Up teaser trailer? Are you down for a politically charged somewhat parody of your typical disaster movie? Let me know in the comments below.
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Shah Shahid is an entertainment writer, movie critic (so he thinks), host of the Split Screen Podcast (on Apple Podcasts & everywhere else) and filmy father on a mission to educate his girls on decades of film history. Armed with uncontrollable sarcasm and cautious optimism, Shah loves discussing film, television and comic book content until his wife’s eyes glaze over. So save her by engaging him on his own blog at BlankPageBeatdown.com or on Twitter @theshahshahid.