Netflix’s star-studded comedy “Don’t Look Up” is just around the corner and today the streaming platform dropped a brand new trailer. It’s hard not to be excited with a cast like this, but my one hesitation remains Adam McKay. While not a huge fan of his many Will Ferrell collaborations, I did find some of them mildly funny. His films afterward went from tolerable (“The Big Short”) to absolutely insufferable (“Vice”). So I go into caution mode whenever a new McKay movie comes around.
The plot of this one sounds ludicrous, but in a good way. Two small-time astronomers (played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence) learn that a giant comet is on a path to destroy the world. They first try telling the government but no one, including the President (Meryl Streep), believes them. So they take their story to the media which thrusts the two awkward scientists into the world spotlight. Adding to the star power is Mark Rylance, Rob Morgan, Cate Blanchett, Jonah Hill, Timothee Chalamet, Ariana Grande, Chris Evans, Ron Perlman, Tyler Perry, and so on. Hopefully McKay can wrangle all of this together and not turn it into some toothless comedy full of celebrity cameos. If he can, this has a chance to be really good.
“Don’t Look Up” is scheduled for a limited theater release on December 10th and then streaming on Netflix December 24th. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.