If you have looked Don’t look up whether it’s in theaters or on Netflix, where it just started streaming today, then you know this whole movie is kind of crazy. Written and directed by Adam McKay (Vice, the big bet) Don’t look up it is a scathing satire on America’s problem by denying a crisis with a solution. Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence play astronomers who discover that a massive meteor hurtles toward Earth and will wipe out life as we know it, only to find that no one, least of all the US government, seems to care.
While McKay says the film was intended as a metaphor for climate change deniers, viewers in 2021 will see many similarities to the COVID-19 pandemic. (For example, the way the very act of “looking up” is politicized is eerily reminiscent of the political discourse on whether or not to wear a mask during the coronavirus.) While there is a solution that will save the planet … by sending a nuclear bomb to the asteroid to divert it from its courseâ ???? at the last minute, the president cancels the mission. Why? Because a billionaire CEO of a tech corporation has discovered a rare material on the asteroid that will make a lot of people really rich. Instead, they decide to smash the asteroid and let it hit Earth into smaller pieces. It’s much riskier, but they want that money.
Once again, it’s a wacky movie that gets more absurd as it goes on. And once you’ve reached the end, it’s not really the end, there are two Don’t look up end credits scenes to watch. Read on for a breakdown of Don’t look up ending explained, as well as the Don’t look up after the credits scenes.
WHICH IS THE DON’T LOOK UP ENDING EXPLAINED?
As you may have guessed, they don’t prevent the asteroid from hitting the earth. The plan to break the meteor, devised by billionaire Peter Irsherwell (Mark Rylance), fails. Both Peter and President Janie Orlean (Meryl Streep) lie and say they have to go to the bathroom and flee the room. It turns out they have an escape plan for themselves and the richest Americans: Some 2,000 people are going to freeze and escape in a spaceship that is programmed to find a planet that can support life.
Astronomer Dr. Randall Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio) is offered a place on the ship, but he declines the offer. Instead, she spends her last moments cooking and dining with her family, Kate (Jennifer Lawrence), Kate’s kind of boyfriend, Yule (Timothée Chalamet), and her friend and colleague, Dr. Teddy (Rob Morgan). As the world falls apart around them, they dine and talk.
IS A DON’T LOOK UP END OF THE CREDIT SCENE?
Yes. In fact there are two Don’t look up post-credits scenes. The first is a mid-credits scene that takes place “22,740 years later.” The escape ship with all the rich people has finally found a habitable planet to land on. Meryl Streep, Mark Rylance and others wake up naked in what seems like a world of paradise, where oxygen levels are even higher than on Earth.
Meryl Streep sees a strange Dr. Seuss-like creature and approaches her in amazement: “My God, what a beautiful creature he is!” The creature quickly eats Meryl Streep’s face, killing her. Mark Rylance declares that the creature’s name is a “Bronteroc,” which fulfills his previous algorithm-based prediction of how Meryl Streep would die.
The second Don’t look up The post-credits scene appears at the end of the credits. Jonah Hill’s character Jason Orlean, the son of the president and chief of staff who he forgot when he escaped, comes out of the rubble after the asteroid hits Earth. Apparently he survived. The first thing he does, after calling his mother, is taking out his phone to post a video on social media: “What’s wrong, am I the last man on earth? Don’t forget to like and subscribe! “
And on that darkly absurd note, the movie finally ends, this time for real. It’s an absurd but fitting ending for a movie that didn’t do its best when it comes to scathing satire.