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Don’t Look Up (2021)

January 09, 2022 Nate Baranowski and Stephen Robles Episode 175
Movies on the Side
Don’t Look Up (2021)
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If a comet threatened all life on Earth as we know it, would anyone care? Would it become an issue of politics? Would influencers keep influencing? On this episode we review the fascinating Netflix original movie: Don’t Look Up  

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Stephen Robles:

Hello and welcome to movies on the side. This is Stephen Robles

Nate Baranowski:

and this is Nate Baranwoski

Stephen Robles:

and this week we review the bizarre and fascinating movie from 2021 a Netflix Original don't look up

Nate Baranowski:

we talk about moral the story of this one. What does this movie trying to tell us? And what are we gonna do with that?

Unknown:

This movie is filled with huge actors like Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Cate Blanchett, Tyler Perry, and frankly, they all do an incredible job we discuss all of it.

Nate Baranowski:

Stephen takes us to romance corner and talks about Jennifer Lawrence and Timothy shallow.

Unknown:

And we talk about what's really important in life.

Nate Baranowski:

All this and more on movies on the side.

Stephen Robles:

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Nate Baranowski:

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Unknown:

Before we even jump into this movie, we have to talk about how our last episode was our first ever video. We actually recorded ourselves and we put it on YouTube and people watched it Nate there's actually people watching this thing.

Nate Baranowski:

Did we get any comments on our YouTube? I didn't even look at it.

Unknown:

We did it. Do you know how to get to YouTube Nate Are you do you know how to go youtube.com

Nate Baranowski:

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Unknown:

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Nate Baranowski:

we'll take those 42 people and bring them into a like a Zoom meeting and they can just watch us

Unknown:

easy easy easy. Let's let's let's go over deliver. Yeah, don't do that. But if you want to watch that last episode of spider dash man Cole Inouye home, I'll put the link in this episode show notes as well. So you can you could watch us bump them numbers up. That's That's right. You know, and I think I don't know. Did you listen back to that episode? I don't usually ask you this directly. But But um, as I listened

Nate Baranowski:

to every single episode that you and I record together,

Unknown:

that's incredible. So do I honestly, and I feel like the no edited episode. I like the pacing. I felt like we had good energy. I feel like I'm just also it saved me a lot of time. I think I'm just gonna run just gonna run whoa rah rah episodes now and see see how it goes. Just unless there's some kind of like, you know, one of us coughs really loud into the microphone. I'll edit that out. But I think I'm just gonna let I'm gonna let it roll.

Nate Baranowski:

I feel like this episode is gonna require some editing because I have no idea what's about to be said from our human mouth.

Unknown:

Okay, all right. This week, we did the movie don't look up. This is a Netflix Original. You can only watch it there. And I want to I was curious about it. Because I heard saw that it was like a disaster movie and end of the world movie where a big Meteor is going to hit the Earth. I figured all I've seen Armageddon. I've seen Deep Impact. I'm down for this. I love disaster movies. If you listen to this podcast, you know that, but it is not really a Disaster Movie Night. No, no, this this movie is a commentary on the current cultural and political landscape to a degree that I was not prepared for. Right. Like this was this was this was like a I don't I don't know how to describe it. I mean, it's just

Nate Baranowski:

satirical comedy slash Yes. Kind of a Bible

Unknown:

real Yeah, exactly. Like but like, like satire is supposed to comment on real life but not resemble real life. And this I felt like I got so close to being like, Okay, this character is playing this person in real Yes. Yes. This good play this person. It's like, that's so close. Okay, first of all rotten tomatoes. I'm curious if you guess this last time. You nailed the rotten tomatoes for Spider Man. No, I home Nate. What do you think? Don't look up GOP fray critics Rotten Tomatoes score.

Nate Baranowski:

I'm gonna say critics said 73.

Unknown:

Critics only gave this movie 55 That's not even a Certified Fresh. That's a green splatter on Rotten Tomatoes.

Nate Baranowski:

What do you think? Don't think critics right, enjoy the feelings. Oh, goodness of being prodded in a satirical way. I think critics would say like, Listen, I'm not one of the masses who can be easily tricked by your by your viewpoint. So I think I'm guessing a lot of critics. It's a very what's the word? It's a very erudite take on this movie to say like, Oh, it's a little over the head a little on the nose for me. I saw it coming the whole time.

Unknown:

I think critic critics,

Nate Baranowski:

I think that's what a lot of critics would say.

Unknown:

Critics want to be able to like, figure it out and then take credit for it. Is that hey, Sherlock. Yeah, exactly. What do you think audience gave this movie?

Nate Baranowski:

I'm gonna say audiences are like, 82.

Unknown:

That's very close audience gave it 78%. Yeah, audience is like this movie. So I feel like the spoiler horn, I want to do a spoiler home. I want to do a spoiler and see that I'm gonna have to test myself. Am I gonna edit that out? You're gonna edit that out? Yeah, no, I'm gonna kill it. No, I think I'm gonna keep it. I'm gonna keep it in. I want to do a spoiler horn, because I want to talk about one scene that I'll leave for, or maybe two scenes. We'll talk about two scenes after the spoiler horn and I feel like the rest. It's not really spoiling anything. Because here's the premise. These two scientists Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence. Jennifer Lawrence was like a doctoral student, whatever. They're at a telescope, whatever you call it, planetarium. And now it's not a planetarium. What do you call that? Nate? What do you I call that

Nate Baranowski:

I'm testing whether you're going to edit this or not. I'm just letting you kind of

Unknown:

flail for things. The premise of this movie is that two scientists, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence, discover there's a comet heading towards earth and there's like 199.9% chance this thing is going to kill us all. And the earth is done unless we do something about it. And they need to try and convince the President of the United States and their administration to do something Meryl Streep, Meryl Streep, who plays the president in this movie. Okay, so Leonardo DiCaprio plays Dr. Randall Mindy Dr. Mindy, Jennifer Lawrence plays Kate Debbie ASCII who they made. They made the comment after her DB ASCII. And then President played by Meryl Streep and her chief of staff played by Jonah Hill. His name's Jason Arlene, amazing character named I don't even know this movie is funny. But it's like it's hurtful, funny. Like, it's like jabs you as it makes you laugh. And and basically, the problem is, no one cares. And no one believes that there's a comment about to kill us all. If this comment makes impact, it will have the power of a billion Hiroshima bombs. There will be magnitude 10 or 11 earthquakes, you're breathing weird. It's, it's making me uncomfortable. I'm just trying to articulate the science. I know. But it's like so stressful. I like trying to like listen, I don't think you understand the gravity of the situation.

Nate Baranowski:

It's not even that simple. It is really just right. Not only that, no one cares. It's that everyone is preoccupied, right with things that don't matter with celebrity culture. And with Ariana Grande, his character, the political figures are all worried about midterms and elections and polling. And the news is all you know, the news is only worried about views and viral, you know, keeping everything light and breezy. Yes. And so it you're left with seeing Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence throughout the whole movie. Basically screaming at the world. Hey, a comets going to kill us all? You need to take this seriously. Yes. And people can't really be shaken out of their folly. Yes. And so it is a study of the folly and pettiness of the world, done through the lens of two people who we like to consider ourselves rational people, most of us if we were honest with ourselves, I probably not. But you play the role as the viewer of this movie. And like you want to shake people and say like, Guys, this is ludicrous.

Unknown:

We're all gonna die. We're all gonna die. Right? Right. unless we do something. Here's the this movie you can literally draw direct parallels to people in real life. Oh, such as, you know, Meryl Streep was president or lean and 100% connecting to Donald Trump, right people like

Nate Baranowski:

Jonah Hill is kind of a Jonah Hill has kind of a Jared Kushner slash Ivanka Trump, right? Sort of amalgamation. Yes. The he's her son who's Chief of Staff. And man, he's a he's a good ridiculous character.

Unknown:

I just Okay, I just have to say Jonah Hill is brilliant in this movie. And there's scenes when he's like, there's a scene when Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence are first finally get into talking to the president and Jonah Hill's character Chief of Staff, and they're trying to tell him like this Comment is going to kill us Leonardo DiCaprio is like this nervous scientist, he doesn't know how to communicate very well, which is an interesting arc because that changes throughout the movie as he gets famous for being like the attractive scientists that his

Nate Baranowski:

comment data becomes the Fauci s character.

Unknown:

Yeah, basically, the movies painted as a much more attractive and when some Fauci but, right, Jonah Hill as he's listening to Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio talk about this meteor. He's like shaking this, like protein shake, sit on the sofa. And he's like, okay, okay, but how, you know, how likely is this thing going to happen? They're like, like, 100%, but it's like, 99.97. And he's like, okay, so it's not 100% Right? It is one of these like, such a clear disregard for information, like you just for really looking for the one piece of information you can twist to fit your own narrative. Yeah, as opposed to actually believing what is reality and what is actually happening. And it's just little things like, that is so brilliant. It is going to happen. Exactly. 99.78% to be exact. Oh, great. Okay, so it's not 100% What scientists never like to say 100% Call it 70%. And let's just let's move on. But it's not even close to 70%

Nate Baranowski:

that that whole first meeting and Meryl Streep saying like, ah, like, this is a terrible, like, terrible, terrible

Unknown:

time. Let's just get past the midterms, and then we'll deal with the comment. Let's just get past the whole setup

Nate Baranowski:

has all these very, very funny lines that make you chuckle. But right behind it comes this grim realization that this is really maybe 10 or 15%. past our actual reality, right? And like, the ridiculous things they say, maybe people don't say out loud, but the idea of like, this is terrible timing for this cataclysmic event for my midterms is not something outside the realm of possibilities in politics, right? But it does give you that feeling of you chuckle at the absurdity. And then you go like, Ah, shoot. Yeah. Right. I mean, like, that makes sense.

Unknown:

Here's another example. There's this like talk show. And this feature is Cate Blanchett as Brie ivanti and Tyler Perry. So yeah, it's a great casting for both of them. Great cast, and you're like CO hosting this talk show. That's very light. That's where we see Ariana Grande go on is like a special guest for it is this hilarious thing where like Ariana Grande gets back with her boyfriend that cheated on her and they make a big deal. They're like, Alright, now let's bring up the scientists for our science segment. And when they try to see this meteor is going to kill us all. Tyler Perry and Cate Blanchett are like, no, well, you know, we don't like bad news. Like, we don't like to think of that. Such negative stuff. And it's like, right, that's influencer culture, like you can't be negative, or you can't really even comment on real life. Like, you just want the views and what's popular and it's like, this is so close to reality. It's scary. It's headed directly on Earth. And it really likely will hit

Nate Baranowski:

the sounds very, very exciting, exploding stars, like stars actually explode. Let's talk a little bit about sort of the different characters in this movie. Because I think one of the strengths of this movie is these people. Although ridiculous, a lot of them feel like real. slightly pushed. Yes. characters that are really acted in like a really nice way. For example, the guy who was Jennifer Lawrence's boyfriend from yesterday.

Unknown:

Oh, yeah, him as we saw,

Nate Baranowski:

yes. Yeah. He is like that. Perfect. You know, he's just thinking about himself. She's going through something terrible and he's like, it's about my mom, isn't it and then he turns it all like he's just trying to become a popular figures. We he like, spins it all towards him. I love there's that. General

Unknown:

General. Max. Yeah. Jennifer Lawrence can't get over the rest of the movie. No. He charged for the snacks and the snacks are free. Why did he charge for the snacks? is so good. I've gone over it again. And again. Again in my head. He's a three star general. Why would he charge us for free snacks?

Nate Baranowski:

And then you have Timothy shallow me? Who is this? Undercover evangelical skater bro heartwarming, like prayer at the end of like, he brings like, these characters are so weird and quirky.

Unknown:

Yes. But one one that I loved is Mark Rylance who plays Peter issue. Well, who's like a tech CEO, who's definitely the stand in for Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg. And what's blogs like? They talk about he's like the number one donor to the President's campaign. So he gets full access to everything that's confidential and he's in the room. as they are trying to launch space shuttles, anybody says President, I need to talk to you right now he can interrupt the president, because he donated that much to the campaign like just hilarious commentary. Hello, Peter. Hi. Oh, great. Fabulous, as always, love to meet you. Yeah, he's a platinum Eagle level 200 campaigns, he's full clearance. And he stopped this entire mission, because he is found that this comet can be mined for raw materials. And there's like trillions of dollars, right in this thing? And is this choice of, you know what, let's see, if we can actually make money from this comet, rather than stopping it and saving the Earth, we can probably save everybody and make money. So let's do that. Right? And it's like, whoa, that's also a little too real.

Nate Baranowski:

Right? Then we get to the point of the movie that I think I have the biggest problem with, and that is, it pivots very quickly to this, don't look up verse look up camp, which in some ways is a very, like biting commentary on how we divide into our clans. And like, everything is politicized. And everything is like you can't agree on like, this is true. It's just like, No, that's what you say. That's what your media says, whatever. Right? And so they, you know, the comments up in the sky, and they say, like, just look up, like, you look up and you can see it, it's real. It's coming for us. And then like the opposite camp has had this don't look up. I think that is a fun concept. I felt like it was a little shoehorned into the plot in a way that developed quickly and sort of resolved weirdly as well. That didn't quite connect. See I that is except for this. Yeah. Chris Evans. Oh, yeah. plays an actor who has, like, this is true brilliance. Because he's over there. Like, I got a pin on it on my shirt that has the arrow pointing up and down, right? Because we're just like, we've over politicize this. And yeah, we're so divisive here in this country, that it's just like, just looking down about that. It's not even about the comment sort of thing. Yeah. And it's like, wow, that is truly like a really telling thing of Oh, yeah, I've been that or struggled with that, where I'm just like, oh, I don't want to be on in either camp. Right. So I'm just gonna like take some ridiculously balanced approach. That doesn't make sense. That

Unknown:

doesn't mean a fan looked out. Yeah, this pin is pinpoints both up and down. Because I think as a country, we need to stop arguing, and and virtue signaling just get along. That is so refreshing. See, I have to maybe disagree a little bit because there's this one scene of a rally that the President is holding, it's outside, there's looks like 1000s of people there and they're all chanting don't look up. And this by this point, the comment is like a clearly visible. And there's this one guy who, you know, again, the movie very stereotypical, he like puts everybody in red hats, and everyone has a southern accent that is supporting the president. But to their credit, one guy looks up who seems like a good old boy with a red hat, right? And he's like, wait, wait a minute. It's right there, right? Like we're all yelling don't look up. But it's a clear realization that there is actually something horribly wrong, impending doom. And it's not a rhetoric or a like issue to be divided on. It's like, we can literally all see with our own two eyes. The thing that is about to kill us all is right there. And once someone can so plainly see the truth, that's what this movie is portraying. Once one can see what is true, even those who supported the President's campaign, then turn on her and say you lied to us. And I feel like in that one moment, there's actually a glimmer of hopeful commentary to say that it's the only glimmer though. I know but unfortunately, unfortunately, it was too far past the point of no return. Like we can't actually solve it now. But there was a moment to say if we can all just like hold on for a second and actually look with our own two eyes. The truth is actually visible and knowable by everyone right past whatever commentary political parties are giving forward and I just in that one moment, I was like, I appreciated that take, yeah, that you know, even the most, even the most divided person, even the most anti whatever can might change their mind if shown the truth. So clearly President

Nate Baranowski:

Jonah Hill makes a comment in there after they all turn on him like you read next and like, oh, he really despises their base and it's like,

Unknown:

oh, exactly, yes. So yes. Okay, I have to talk about romance corner for a minute. Okay, because you're talking about Timothy Charlemagne, Jennifer Lawrence, which honestly, I kind of love them together. Yeah, towards the end of the movie. I really did appreciate that. I also appreciated this is one religious comment is like the president at one points, like says Jesus Christ in a positive sense, but because it's her saying it, it's painted so grossly. And so I was like, ah, that she

Nate Baranowski:

also says something like, God. And I think

Unknown:

yeah, it was during the launch during the Space Launch isn't like that. But then, like you alluded to before, the prayer by Timothy Shalini is actually really good. It's so I appreciated that the movie was, was at least somewhat balanced on that. And to say like, even from this, maybe he doesn't understand everything and could be a mature but like, actually has a level of maturity and level headedness. Like, I appreciated that moment later in the movie. Don't look at me. I don't know how to just say Amen. I don't, I got this. Dearest father, and almighty creator. We ask for your grace tonight. Despite our pride

Nate Baranowski:

I'm going to take because you gave me a little bit of leeway here, I'm going to take it for just a second and say, from a like spiritual perspective, this movie, like most movies, in general, and Hollywood, like, won't really go too hard, because they're trying to like, you know, they're appeal to everybody appeal to everyone have different, you know, world religions, etc. This movie, it does feel like there was a kind of a gaping hole in it. Because, you know, my perspective, at some point in time, like many people would change from, we have to try to save the Earth, and this communist coming to within the last, you know, 12 hours before the world ends. Have everyone asking the question, is there something next right after we all die from this extinction level event? And I feel like there was a bit of a gap in this movie of at least people asking the question, or being scared like, Well, what happens is now like, once I die, is there anything that happens to me next? Is there a god? Is there life after this? Whatever? I'm not saying the movie had to answer it, or attempt to answer it. I just felt like it was unrealistic to not have more main characters, like there sit around the table at the end. Right, right. Especially a family that has no religious belief, and at least have like a thought, or a said line like, um, what if there's a God? Like, should we think about this for a second? And I wish there would have been at least a couple even if a throwaway line of like, hey, let's think about is there going to be an afterlife? Are we all just done done?

Unknown:

Yeah, I feel like I don't know if the movie had time. To both comment on culture, politics and religion. Yeah, like to do all of it

Nate Baranowski:

couldn't do the trifecta. Yeah, I

Unknown:

do think that the last seen as the family is saying we're not really religious, but yet they still allow a prayer and still hold hands like there's some nod to say a moment, you know, as a mom, but I do agree, I would have been interested you know, because most disaster movies like once there is impending doom, they'll do like cut shots of like, here's a mosque and a bunch of people kneeling over. And then here's a church and here's, you know, Buddhists in front of a statue you know, so they kind of do that. Just in passing. The main characters

Nate Baranowski:

don't typically grapple with it though. They're usually for saving the actual Earth Exactly. Thinking about their souls,

Unknown:

right. The one the one Romans corner I have to hit though is Leonardo DiCaprio is married with kids. His wife June Mindy played by Melanie lynskey. Throughout the course of the movie, Leonardo DiCaprio starts out an affair with Cate Blanchett, the talk show hosts because he's on the talk show regularly. She came on to him first and so they start this affair. And there's this scene where they walk into the hotel room, Leonardo DiCaprio and Cate Blanchett, Leonardo DiCaprio, his wife is there. And there's this heart wrenching scene of of the wife and she's saying like, well, if you're going to take care of them now here's the pills for this and here's his pills have a bat. And like it's just so you feel all that emotion. And then later in the movie to see Leonardo DiCaprio go back to her and realize like, in the end, it was foolish to have that affair and like I shouldn't have done that. And like you are my home The right kind of message. And I thought the movie did that exceptionally well.

Nate Baranowski:

Yeah. I mean, it was a little weird that he didn't I know they made a line. Like, I tried to contact her. She's not picking up my calls. He kind of goes on the the lookup campaign for a while with Jennifer Lawrence. Right. And I'm thinking to myself, like you, you have two sons back at home, like maybe, yeah, yeah. be working on that a little bit, too.

Unknown:

He got so famous. You know, it's funny, there's a scene earlier in the movie, when he starts getting famous and his wife is like, Hey, I'm gonna go for a walk. Are you gonna come? And he's like, Oh, I got a lot of followers on here, which seems like it's Twitter. He's like, I gotta answer all these questions. Right? You've been on that site a lot lately. Yeah, I mean, I have, I mean, I have like, a quarter million subscribers, honey, I'm gonna use my voice to get the truth out there, right. But then you see him like now he's on the cover of magazines and all this. And it's interesting to see him use that platform and become addicted to the popularity like an influencer would be today. And then when he goes on the final show, with Cate Blanchett, and Tyler Perry, he finally loses it, because he realizes we are all gonna die. And everyone's still just smiling and re talking about the popular culture. And he like, goes on this tirade, and cursing at the camera. And it's like, now he realizes what he has done. Now he has to come to terms with he took advantage of this to become famous. And now it's too late. And he's kind of right. And what

Nate Baranowski:

does this mean? If the world is taken?

Unknown:

Right, right. Okay, so I want to write this movie and talk about that final scene at around the table.

Nate Baranowski:

Are we gonna do some I do want to kind of talk about moral of the story, a little bow? Sure. Sure. This movie is all moral of the story, right? In a lot of ways. It is it is. Yeah. Yeah. I mean, like, the obvious thing is climate change. Like that's the obvious, like, tie in of going, okay, the world, the weather may be getting more severe and changing. And there are a lot of scientists who say like, Hey, 100 years from now, if on our current trajectory, things will be bad, I read and listened to like Leonardo DiCaprio, those sort of behind the scenes stuff. So he was talking about what he, okay, like what he felt that was telling about, I think, when it comes to the morals, I think COVID is the stronger one when it comes to the politics, sort of denying different things and saying like, Oh, no, this isn't real. And everyone says no, like this is how many people are dying of COVID. And people are saying, No, that's not true, etc. That's the like, really pressing tion. From that side? I think not making changes, because something is someone else's problem, or trying to like, monetize, it is a climate change thing of going like, we're just focusing on our current state and our current drama, and we can't look ahead, because we're in the middle of talking about celebrity culture or figuring out how do we get rich from this? And I thought that was a cool tie and moral the story there.

Unknown:

He and I feel like as you were talking, I thought, really, I think it's what is everyone's motivation. And I think the moral is, you can see, so clearly everyone's motivation in this movie. And we should really consider that in real life. Like you take the tech CEO, whose motivation is just to get more money from this comment. Well, that's probably the motivation of Mark Zuckerberg. Like he just wants more money,

Nate Baranowski:

or not even that part of it is this feeling of like being a demigod? That was right, right? Yes, he was like, this is a stage of evolution. And it's not even necessarily that he was greedy for money, but that he wanted to basically like run humanity and like AI will elevate humanity,

Unknown:

the motivation for the president is to stay in power and to get reelected the motivation for the talk show host camp, Cate Blanchett and Tyler Perry. They just want to keep being famous and making money right. And it's interesting to see Leonardo DiCaprio his motivation from the beginning, which is to actually like, stop the comment. You know, his motivation is pure right to then just being like, well, let me ride this wave of fame. And, and because it feels good, right. And then Jennifer Lawrence is probably one of the only people whose mental motivation stays throughout which is to warn people, and we have to do something and she sticks to that throughout until she just gives up and then Ariana Grande, like her motivation was to stay super famous and get even more famous by you know, not only getting back with her boyfriend on TV, but accepting his proposal, like the motivations I feel like are the morals and it's a commentary to say a check your motivations, why are you doing what you're doing? And also take other people's motivations into account as you evaluate their Business or what they're doing, like, think about what is like as Facebook is trying to take over the world should we think about? Like, why? Like, what what is behind it? I think maybe that's right and important commentary.

Nate Baranowski:

I think I agree with that. I think a lesson that it's also trying to teach us is, hey, the world will try to distract you with things and keep you thinking about difficult and hard thing. And your overall bent is to avoid pain or thinking about difficult things. And but you need to take some time. And like, seriously look at troublesome things head on. And like, don't just be content with being distracted. And I think that is something for me. For those who follow Enneagram as an Enneagram. Seven, myself, that's a good lesson for me to be like, Hey, if you're always just searching for something that makes you happy and makes you you know, is fun and not boring, then you may not look at the real important things in life. Right now. That's good. The lessons that this movie is teaching you, I think a bit of a negative for me, is that a lot of it comes served to me by don't look up with a spoonful of sort of glib, grim, cynicism, the world's doomed, like, yeah, there's just, we're just done for. And I think it may be true, but it's definitely a tough thing. Like this movie does not sugarcoat like, oh, yeah, we can all rise together, the triumph of the human spirit and a lot of ways. This movie like pokes fun at humanity's efforts to be like, look, look at us, we like we're doing great things. And it's like, no, compared to a comment. We're peons are nothing, and most humans are just sort of selfish in it for themselves. Anyway, I think this movie's overall takeaway for me is one of pretty much like, we're pretty screwed. And there's beauty in like, the smaller things that shows little clips of like a little baby in a tub, and like these beautiful moments, but for the overall point, it's like, humanity's pretty, pretty done for what did you think there was any like hopeful moments there?

Unknown:

I'm not gonna do this boiler horn. But I'm gonna I'm gonna we're gonna do a spoiler right here, because I've talked about the final scene. So if you if you don't want to be spoiled, stop here. pause the podcast, go watch it and come back. But here's my take on that. I think so. And I'm looking at the movie poster right now. And the tagline is based on truly possible events, which I think is hilarious, that's a great tagline. But the last scene is they're all sitting around the table. Leonardo DiCaprio is back with his family. Jennifer Lawrence and Timothy shallow Mayer there, they just prayed. And then they're they're eating, they're just eating and enjoying each other's company like reminiscing about memories. And DiCaprio says this line, we had everything the whole time that basically alluding to before all the fame, and before he was on magazine covers, and before whatever, like he had everything he could have ever wanted right there in that house, with his wife and kids. Well, I do think the movie is pretty down on, like, the trajectory of culture and maybe the country politically, right. I feel like there's this, this lesson to say, if we could realize that before it's too late. If we could realize what truly matters and what we actually love, and not take those things for granted. Maybe things could have been different. Maybe things could have been different for DiCaprio, his character in the movie. Maybe things could be different for us even now, if we don't look past what's actually in front of us. Just trying to achieve that thing that culture is saying is ideal. And so at just that one moment, I feel like the movie turns a little bit in says like, Here, here's a real life thing. thing of it is we we really we really did have everything, didn't we? I mean, think about it.

Nate Baranowski:

Do you know that was an improvised line from Leonardo DiCaprio, that was not scripted.

Unknown:

Well, he's now in my top three actors. For fun. He's in the top three, because that was that was an excellent line. Yes. And I think without that line, it wouldn't have been as impactful. And they're, you know, cuz they're literally eating and talking, as they hear the rumblings of the comet explosion coming to the house, even to this incredible image of like one of the walls of the house starts getting blown in right from the comment. And you see over the shoulder, which we didn't even talk about this guy, but I really enjoyed Oglethorpe, Dr. Teddy Oglethorpe. Played by Rob Morgan. I really enjoyed his character, but, you know, it's this thing of like, we're just gonna be here together, as it all ends. Because what else like What else am I Are you going to do what are what else are we going to do? Yeah. And then the post credit scenes,

Nate Baranowski:

which, listen, this movie is right in our folks. And there's a lot of language throughout. But early on in the movie, I checked because it said, you know, like, nudity, the sexual content. Let me tell you folks, it's not during the movie, because I I checked it out to make sure like, Oh, am I gonna have a go, you know, non family friendly seeing that I'm going to be sitting through here. And sure enough, it happens in the mid credit scene. It is described via IMDb notes as non sexual nudity. Carry on.

Unknown:

Yeah. And so if you can, as I had vid Angel it Oh, did you vid angel that scene? Is that even possible? It's it's very disjointed. What you can vid Angel this movie and and skip all the cursing, and you can still see what happens. But the tech CEO has the ship. And I think it's hilarious that every time the tech CEO has a plan, it fails by like 30%. Like, yeah, like 30% of the survivors die as they try to get to another planet. It's a very quick post credit scene, especially quick if you use vid Angel. But even quicker. Yeah, yeah. But they land on this planet. And then the President gets eaten by a bird and, like some some alien life on another planet. But anyway, it's hilarious, because earlier in the movie, the tech CEO was like, our algorithm is so good. He will even know how you'll die with a 97% accuracy. Meryl Streep, like, how will I die? said you'll get eaten by a bronchial sore or whatever she's like, what is that? We don't even know. It's this is this hilarious exchange? It is quite a payoff line later. Yeah, quite a pay offline later. Because it's like, imagine if the algorithms are actually that good, but are also useless in the face, like, in real life, so I don't think I want to know, yes, I do. I want to know, you're gonna be eaten by Bronte rock. We don't know what it means. And what a Bronto rock that was a wild post credit scene. And then Jonah Hill, coming out from the bunker of the White House after the asteroid is hit the hills. So he has survived. But it looks like everyone else has died. And he does like a ShowMe cheat thing, where he's live streaming. And he's like,

Nate Baranowski:

Yo, Last Man on Earth here.

Unknown:

What's up y'all? On the last day on earth? Don't forget to like and subscribe. We are here. I don't know what a heart wrenching moment. Like I don't even know what to do with that. All right, we're gonna write this movie on a scale of zero. Yeah, zero to five protein shakes that Jonah Hill drank throughout this movie. Man, I went first last time I went pretty big. I want to hear what you rate this movie. What do you say?

Nate Baranowski:

I think I'm going to give don't look up for protein shakes. Yeah, here's something about this movie. Yeah, I have to say it is long. For one.

Unknown:

Yes, yes, it is really.

Nate Baranowski:

It prods you in a way that really like, and it's got some prods for everyone on the political spectrum. Like obviously, politically, the movie leans left. So like the Republican Party is mostly shown as the kind of, you know, anti truth. Yeah. Group. But there is plenty of, you know, if you are, you know, there's plenty of pro celebrity culture and mainstream news. Everybody's important things gets. Absolutely. Visser ated by Adam McKay. Yeah. And so like, I think it could be for it can ruffle anyone's feathers, which I think is an effective movie. Now, it's pretty grim about humanity. It offers a lot of warnings and it does not offer a lot of solutions. So if you wanted to write and there and go, What should we do about it? There is definitely not a ton of hey, this is the way to go. It's mostly just says the way we're going now is pretty bleak. So but yeah, overall, Leonardo DiCaprio is great. Jennifer Lawrence is great. It's got a ton of Oscar winners in it male Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill. Timothy, Charlemagne. Like everybody is

Unknown:

just Yeah, Tyler Perry. Cate Blanchett all just so

Nate Baranowski:

good across the board. So it's I don't really want to watch it again.

Unknown:

No, I'd never want to see this movie. Again. I never want to see it again.

Nate Baranowski:

Right. It's a four. It makes me want to talk about all sorts of things. It's like a jumping off point. If you're watching with friends, you can then talk about advocacy. Talk about heaven. It talks about all sorts of interesting conversations that this movie doesn't get into. But yeah, four to five.

Unknown:

Nate, I'm gonna agree with you. Exactly. I was thinking four out of five. It's hard to say I recommend people watch this movie. I recommend watching it with vid Angel if you're going to see it, and you don't want to be exposed to crazy things, but which most of it is fine, except for I mean, there's language, but it's really just,

Nate Baranowski:

it's just, it's profound. It's really just profanity. Yeah, it

Unknown:

is such an interesting portrayal of culture that I find fascinating. I think it's fascinating. And it's, yes, fascinating.

Nate Baranowski:

It's a good word for it.

Unknown:

I never want to see it again. I don't care to just never want to see it again. But the performances are excellent. And it's again, like I said, very introspective. And a fascinating take. And so for our first movie,

Nate Baranowski:

and a bajillion people have watched this on Netflix.

Unknown:

Yes, it was very popular, very popular for our first movie. Hope you enjoyed don't look up our first movie of 2022 Let us know what movies you would like to hear us review. You can comment on our Instagram at movies on the side. Let us know if you want to do and COMTO Yeah, God Gato. Yeah. Let us know if you want to see more videos on Natan. I shucking and jiving about these movies. We'll do more YouTube stuff. I think if enough of you say hey, do the videos, we'd like to do that. You can get bonus episodes which today's bonus episode was how Nate and I would run an out of the house COVID testing facility. Which sounds don't don't dock. So see

Nate Baranowski:

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Unknown:

Totally satirical. In case the FBI is listening. But if you want to hear that bonus episode, you can support the show at patreon.com/movies on the side, or directly on Apple podcasts. You can get the bonus episodes right there as well. Oh, also, if you haven't yet, we would greatly appreciate some five star ratings and reviews in the Apple podcast app. Even if you listen in a different app, go to Apple podcast, give us five stars and a little comment there. That'll help out the show as well. And as we always say,

Nate Baranowski:

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Unknown:

So terrifying.