While reading Is the science in "Don't Look Up" realistic? and wondering if this movie was intended to make a point, I had the question whether this movie is meant to allegorically illustrate people's inadequate response in light of overwhelming scientific evidence. That is, are they trying to call out people who reject mainstream conclusions with respect to climate change or Covid vaccination?
The overwhelming consensus among critics is that McKay’s new comedy is an allegory for climate change, a film that lampoons our refusal to take sufficient action to deter an all-too-real environmental crisis that is rapidly spiraling out of control.
If you follow the public conversation around climate change, you have probably heard about Don’t Look Up. The Netflix disaster movie, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence as ignored scientists Randall Mindy and Kate Dibiasky, uses an impending comet strike as a cautionary tale for climate change.