Rarely has a film been so polarizing as the climate satire Adam McKay’s Don’t Look Up. Though it has been seen by millions and is already the third most viewed Netflix movie of all time, critics “responses were overwhelmingly harsh.

Many found the story of scientists scrambling to navigate an asteroid around Earth a crude allegory of the climate crisis, while others found it easy to find dull.

But many in the climate movement have been praising the film and reviews from public opinion in general were positive.

We asked four experts on the climate to share their opinions on the film.

The most starkly striking factor in Don’t Look Up is the sheer depth of feeling at stake for us as people who have been in the trenches of the climate battle for so long.

Don’t Look Up, which follows scientists who try to warn the world that they might be threatened by a comet, is being scuppered by politicians, the media and a tech billionaire eager to play this threat off for his own interests.

The people, who have been in the trenches of the climate fight for a long time, feel an intense cathartic effect when they watch this movie.

It’s simply not a great film, but this is not the kind of painful outlet we need to have.

Don’t Look Up (2021 film)

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Don’t Look Up is a 2021 American satirical science fiction psychological comedy-drama film written, produced, and directed by Adam McKay. (wikipedia)


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