'Don't Look Up' Takes Aim at the Media

Two scientists attempt to warn the public that a comet is about to crash into the Earth in the movie Don't Look Up. John Joseph Adams is a science fiction editor.

Adams said in Episode 497 of the Geek's Guide to theGalaxy that he was surprised at how much he enjoyed that aspect of it. I thought the humor and science fiction would do well, but not both.

David Barr Kirtley, host of Geek's Guide to the GALAXY, says the film's portrait of a culture poisoned by triviality and narcissism invites multiple readings. He says that the climate change metaphor is obvious when scientists try to alert the media to danger. I feel like a lot of the satire is directed at the media.

The movie Don't Look Up is currently the number two most watched movie on the internet, but it has received mixed reviews. The film may have been too close to home for some reviewers. I think a lot of the critics thought they knew what they were talking about. He says it will point the finger at the people he doesn't like. It pointed the finger at everyone, including them, and they were not happy about it. I don't like that.

Don't Look Up was enjoyable but should have shown more depth and ambition. She wants to see more movies that try to do what this movie did. It is ironic to me that you would make an allegory about global climate change so obsessed with the United States.

The complete interview with John Joseph Adams, Tom Gerencer, and Erin Lindsey can be found in Episode 497 of Geek's Guide to the GALAXY. Check out the highlights from the discussion.

Lindsey is on politics.

The first scene in the White was a scene that my sister said was ridiculous, because I worked for the UN for a long time and sat in on Security Council meetings. I thought that scene was depressing and realistic. I have seen how world leaders can become inured. There is a point in the movie where the character says something to the effect of, "Do you have any idea how many end of the world meetings I have had?" That is a slight exaggeration. The opening scenes were quite realistic.

Tom Gerencer is on religion.

There is a scene at the end where the boyfriend of Jen Lawrence prays. I said, "OK, here we go." They are going to start dragging religion through the mud. I was like, okay. They are dragging everyone else through the mud. Who cares? They really did not. They had him start praying, and he asked if it was stupid. She said it was kind of sweet. That develops later on in the movie and becomes a theme, that he has a genuine religion or connection to God, and they didn't make fun of it. I was touched by the way they treated it. They had an opportunity to make fun of religion, but they didn't.

John Joseph Adams is on the manuscript.

In the book, the moon comes loose from its orbit, and it's going to crash into the Earth, and people are doing similar things. After World War I, the world has had an immense conflict, and then there is peace. When the moon crashes into the Atlantic Ocean, it creates new land in between North America and Europe that is full of minerals, and everyone goes to war over it.

David Barr Kirtley is on the environment.

There is something about the last scene that is unforgettable. I feel like 20 years from now, when I think of this movie, that is the thing that is going to pop into my head. Most people know that we are not close to being able to send people to another planet. I just want to do whatever I can to get the message out, because there are enough people who don't understand. Environmental activists say there is no Planet B. We are not going to another planet. You can get rid of that right now.

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