Spoiler alert: This piece mentions what happens at the end of a Netflix movie do not search. Here it comes now: Few people in the United States, politicians and tech billionaires, who supposedly own and control most of the resources on the planet, fail to act against an existential threat to all life on Earth. There is a comet rushing towards Earth, and despite repeated warnings and potential solutions offered by scientists, the comet strikes and destroys all life.
The Comet is an allegory of the climate crisis. Filmmakers’ fear and anger over the climate crisis threatening the Earth is channeled into creativity and humour. There are excellent jokes and static clips. do not search Beautiful, grumpy and full of great people at the top of their game doing a great job.
It’s a satire about science, media, and capitalism, at a time when satire about those massive, intertwined topics is more difficult than ever.
It is clear why it has become more difficult; Because our reality has become so grotesque and close to parody itself. This movie is very funny and smart. Is it useful? I doubt it.
You see, the stories we create and the stories we repeat often become real, become dominant, and sometimes become inevitable.
The films align with Joan Didion’s devastating critique that we tell stories for a living. We try to make sense of things, especially writers, by identifying situations and images that go together to create a story.
We get the wrong stories wrong all the time in our efforts to understand the world. Then we hold on to it, insist it’s authentic, plead with others, or scold them when they don’t see it the way we do.
do not search It reflects how a particular class of American society creates and reacts to climate chaos. It’s one experience, one viewpoint, one story of how we respond to climate crises. There is much more.
We take the risk of making a specific story by choosing one and highlighting it. When a story is underpinned by the massive star power and vast resources of this movie and its distributor, combined with the global dominance of American cultural products, there is a risk that we will believe this movie’s version of the truth.
This version is in essence laden with death and sees humanity as self-destructive. As the film reaches its last terrifying moment of annihilation, Leonardo DiCaprio’s character Randall asks a rhetorical question, his face stunned.
“We really have everything, right?”
We still have everything, or at least enough. And as we do that, we must make sure to tell other stories, stories with the courage to imagine a world that doesn’t burn, and stories told with equal strength, ruthlessness, and interest.
I am delighted with the film and grateful for the conversations it has started within my multigenerational family during the holidays. I worry that a lot of these conversations went like this: “Oh, that’s all right / We act crazy / We should have listened.”
This reaction made me think again about the things I had been thinking about for many years through my work on comedy, climate, and immigration.
I have constant questions about how best to join the dots for myself and others to take strong action in the fight for a secure future. This film features scientists desperate to warn the world of the coming danger.
Many climate scientists and climate journalists have seen the film and feel that it resonates deeply – they have publicly asserted that they, too, feel that no one is listening to them.
In a circular motion, Adam McKay, writer and director do not searchThen he shares the opinions of scientists on social media. But the thing is, most of us listen to scientists, and we understand them.
Despite growing political divisions and the unbridled anti-science stance taken by the minority, most Americans now accept that human-caused global warming is real, and we know it does exist.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) notes that scientists are well trusted by the broader community. Of course, many of us feel threatened up close and personal now too, floods and fires threaten our homes, not to mention more tornadoes and tornadoes.
From what I can see, unlike the movie, a lot of people really want to know what to do; They want to understand how to help and what actions to take. In many cases worth a hundred Hollywood movies, ordinary people have long worked with their communities and started or joined the fight against global warming and the people who benefit from it.
In August of last year, Tara Hoska tweeted: “15 days ago the police had shot rubber, maces, and pepper balls, and Enbridge had paid for it. I heard screams, crying, and panting coughs, punctuated by the sound of gunfire and a huge rehearsal from a boring sci-fi movie across the river Who we were there to protect.”
Canadian oil giant Enbridge was approved for Line 3 project in 2018, when Houska founded the Giniw group, the “indigenous, 2-spirit women who lead the resistance to protect the Earth.”
She and other activists live in the woods near the site in Minnesota now and then, trying to stop the digging and protect the water and wild rice.
Although they make up less than 5% of the world’s population, indigenous peoples protect 80% of our planet’s biodiversity. What a story
In press interviews about the film, director Adam McKay puts his heart on his sleeve. Like many of us, he is deeply concerned about the future of humanity and wants to find a way to help improve it. making movies, telling stories, and talking to a reporter from The Fast Company; He talked about his longing to make a movie about the climate crisis.
“And then the biggest big stories are, without exaggeration, empirically, the breakdown of the livable atmosphere while we’re sitting on our hands sort of influenced by our culture of distraction. So I guess what allowed me to do comedy is [Don’t Look Up] is that I was going to do a comedy about how life feels right now.”
He did so with great success.
do not search A comedy about how some of us feel right now. Others fight, organize, lead, are all over the world, and they come from all walks of life. They are working with everything they can and who can save a livable planet for future generations. They make hits, big and small, as well as heartbreak.
That’s what I want to hear about, that’s what I want to answer the question: How does it feel to be alive right now? We need to know that story, too.