Join Green Initiatives film screening #138, and our first screening of the year, “Don’t Look Up,” a satirical incision from Adam McKay with only humor as an anaesthetic, critical themes are lampooned in equal measure and in no uncertain terms.
Though heavy with metaphors — most important, the comet signifying climate change — its message is clear and not open to interpretation: Wake up!
Screening will be followed by a short discussion.
ABOUT THE FILM
An Everest-size comet is hurtling toward Earth, and in exactly six months and 14 days, the planet will be shattered to pieces, leaving every living creature to perish in a cataclysm of fire and flood. In “Don’t Look Up,” a climate-apocalypse film, this news largely bounces off the public like a rubber ball. And they return to their phones with a collective “meh” — opting to doomscroll instead of acknowledging certain doom IRL.
With the hope of snapping the masses from their stupor, Jennifer Lawrence’s character, a young scientist with a Greta Thunberg-like disdain for the apathetic, screams into the camera during a live TV appearance: “You should stay up all night every night crying when we’re all, 100 percent, for sure, going to die!” She’s swiftly dismissed as hysterical, and an image of her face is gleefully seized on for the full meme treatment.
What the internet has done to our minds and what our minds have done to our planet (or haven’t done to save it) are two dots that have been circling each other for some time. Now, onscreen at least, they’re colliding, resonating with audiences and tapping into a particular psyche of our moment.