Critics Say 'Don't Look Up' Is The Funniest Film Of The Year

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It looks like the much-anticipated film Don't Look Up is slated for multiple Oscar wins, as early reviews say that it is the "funniest film of the year".

Directed by Adam McKay and featuring a star-studded cast including Meryl Streep, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and Jennifer Lawrence, the satirical sci-fi movie garnered enthusiastic reactions from its first viewers.

Scroll down to see what critics and reviewers are saying about the film.

What The Movie Is About

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The sci-fi comedy follows two astronomers (DiCaprio and Lawrence) who work to warn the population of a catastrophic meteor that's on a collision course with Earth.

Aside from trying to resolve the end of the world, the movie also satirizes the country’s political divide, with Streep taking on the role of the President of the United States.

DiCaprio and Lawrence's warnings fall on deaf ears and they go to great lengths to try and convince the public of the impending doom.

Watch the latest trailer below:

Salary Difference

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With A-listers on the cast, it's not surprising that the salaries are sky-high. Reportedly, Lawrence got a smaller salary ($25 million) than DiCaprio ($30 million), although the two share equal billing.

But, she has no problem with it. “Leo brings in more box office than I do. I’m extremely fortunate and happy with my deal,” Jennifer told Vanity Fair.

"But in other situations, what I have seen—and I’m sure other women in the workforce have seen as well—is that it’s extremely uncomfortable to inquire about equal pay," she adds.

Leo Helped Write A Scene

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DiCaprio did more than just act in the movie. He also stepped up and helped write a pivotal speech. According to McKay, Leo requested for the speech to be included in the film before he even signed on.

The scene features DiCaprio's character breaking down on national television. Director McKay and DiCaprio rewrote the scene 15 times to make sure it aligned with the film's direction. Their hard work paid off.

"I think it’s the biggest laugh in the movie when I test screened it,” McKay said.

What The Reviews Are Saying

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First reviews have come in and people are raving about the movie, calling it the "funniest film of the year".

Variety's Jenelle Riley even forecasts "double-digit" Oscar nominations, singing praises for pretty much everyone involved in the movie, including music artists Ariana Grande and Kid Cudi, who play a pop star and a DJ in the movie.

Don't Look Up is scheduled for a limited theatrical release on December 10 and will be streaming on Netflix on December 24.

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