Don’t Look Up director Adam McKay has taken aim at criticisms of his new film, suggesting that if audiences don’t like it it’s because they don’t get it.
Love it or loathe it, the star-studded comedy — which has “its satirical sights set on everything from climate change denial to Trumpism to mass media delusion” — has dominated the small screen since its Netflix debut this month.
But it hasn’t gone over well with everyone. From “overly broad and unfunny” to the “subtlety of a monster truck show”, the movie has faced a wave of negative reviews since its release.
“Loving all the heated debate about our movie,” McKay tweeted in response.
“It’s like a robot viewing a love story. ‘WHy ArE thEir FacEs so cLoSe ToGether?’”
While McKay’s response has been met with support from some quarters, others were quick to fire back that perhaps “the movie just sucks”.
Featuring a Hollywood cast, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Jennifer Lawrence and Meryl Streep (among others), Don’t Look Up follows the story of two scientists who discover a world-destroying comet headed for Earth.
Though intended as an analogy for climate change and political leadership, some critics have labelled the film’s approach “shrill and self-righteous” — a point that’s earned it a polarising 55 per cent score on Rotten Tomatoes.
But that hasn’t stopped people from tuning in. According to Netflix, in its first week alone, global audiences spent a whopping 111 million hours streaming the movie, pushing it to the top of the charts.