Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio are the definitive stars of Do not seek, but they’re pretty much the only star-studded cast that doesn’t get the chance to overdo it. In fact, this is a movie where revered Oscar winners Meryl Streep and Cate Blanchett play mostly comedic relief. While both can try their comedy chops, this is satire and in some ways their characters can be spookier than Miranda Priestly or Carol Aird.
In the Netflix movie directed by Scott McKay, Lawrence and DiCaprio play two scientists who have discovered that a comet with the potential to destroy the earth is heading towards us. The problem? Almost no one takes him seriously.
In the trailer, their first stop is a White House in which Streep as President Janie Orlean reigns in a red suit, matching glasses, an ornate flag brooch, and relaxed curls (for some reason, a Webby Trophy Award is on his desk). It seems she isn’t meant to be a straightforward parody of an existing politician, but the character remains upbeat and bossy when she suggests that the best way to fight the comet is to do nothing at all.
With the White House not on their side, scientists then try to get their point across to the media, only to be completely blocked by a morning news crew played by Tyler Perry and Blanchett in a blonde Fox News wig and enough makeup to suggest that she is no stranger to Botox. Again, they are absolutely no help. Eventually, the characters of Lawrence and DiCaprio have various run-ins with the FBI, an empty pop star played by Ariana Grande, and a random townsman played by Timothée Chalamet. Of course, the cast is so important that some prominent members of it barely feature in the trailer, if at all (Matthew Perry, Chris Evans, Gina Gershon, and others are also in the film).
From the trailer, it is evident that the film is a satire on the powers that be and their refusal to do anything serious about the threat of climate change, although it can also be read as a comedic and vicious take on the inability of government and mainstream media. Address all major problem without hemming, hawing, and worrying about how that might affect votes or viewers.
The film will arrive in select theaters on December 10 (making it eligible for awards season), before being released on Netflix on December 24.