Another film that has made it as a Netflix exclusive (after a short theatrical run) alongside Golden Globe-winning The Power of the Dog – is this divisive satire from Oscar-winning The Big Short writer Adam McKay.
Compelling lead actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence also both garnered Golden Globe nom's for their performances as two low-level astronomers – Dr Randall Mindy and student colleague Kate Dibiasky respectively – who go on a giant nationwide media tour to warn mankind about an approaching comet that will destroy the planet.
Alongside a massive all-star cast – including Cate Blanchett, Jonah Hill, Timothee Chalamet, Mark Rylance, Rob Morgan and Meryl Streep as President Janie Orlean – this comedy-drama always has its tongue-firmly-bedded-in-cheek, and therefore won’t be to everyone’s taste.
Particularly when the government don’t take the impending doom seriously and even look to ‘mine’ the comet for vital resources in a greedy money-grab – which leaves the film tonally a little trite.
But once again there’s no doubting McKay’s eye for social commentary, and the cast give it their all – Blanchett also deserves a special mention as a kooky TV presenter – even though the utter disbelief for lack of preparation is a bit hard to stomach. Even in the world we live in now.
Fortunately, even if apocalyptic satire isn’t your cup-of-tea – the ‘game’ cast always makes this something well worth gazing at.
ESP Rating: 3.5/5
Netflix Exclusive, Out Now
Cast: Leonardo Dicaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Rob Morgan, Cate Blanchett, Mark Rylance, Jonah Hill, Tyler Perry, Timothee Chalamet, Ariana Grande, Michael Chiklis, Paul Guilfoyle, Scott Mescudi, Ron Perlman & Meryl Streep
Running Time: 2 Hr 18 Mins
Director: Adam Mckay