Satire

December 28th 2021

Today I had Christmas dinner for the fourth consecutive day. Some might say that is too many days of consecutive Christmas dinners, and to them I say: I’m having it tomorrow too. So that’ll be 5, if you’re counting.

I also watched “Don’t Look Up” on Netflix, which is the film you’d get if you gave Seth Rogen £100m and asked him to remake This Is The End.

And he’d make almost exactly the same film except instead of James Franco and Jonah Hill he’d cast Leonardo DiCaprio and… well, Jonah Hill.

I really enjoyed it. I don’t care if people think it’s too pushy or on-point or whatever. It’s supposed to be. It’s also really funny. It’s like Armageddon meets The Wolf Of Wall Street. Except instead of Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill there’s, well, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill.

And also, inexplicably, Meryl Streep doing a Donald Trump impersonation. And a good one.

It knows what it is and it’s good at it. The editing is fantastic, intelligent and unique, there’s a Bon Iver song played twice during the end credits, it basically spends two hours calling out how dumb Americans are, and I knew Cate Blackett was in it but I’d kind of forgotten who that was.

Watch it. Enjoy it. Don’t take it too seriously. Don’t be put off by the fact its 2.25 hours long. Yes there are some depressing parallels between their fictitious end of the world and the real-life quite probable end of the world (covid, climate change, nuclear fallout — pick your poison) but it’s satire so it’s probably okay and maybe not depressing.

Perhaps.

Until tomorrow, okay maybe a little bit.

Jacn

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