Don’t Look Up: What Is the Meaning Behind the Mid and End Credits Scene?

Netflix’s Don’t Look Up has not fared well when it comes to the rating charts and it could be because of the bizarre ending the film offers, no matter how powerful. The film is written, directed and produced by NBC’s Saturday Night Live’s head writer Adam McKay. The film has an ensemble headlined by Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence along with Rob Morgan, Jonah Hill, Timothée Chalamet, Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep and several others. The film is a little more than two hours long.

– This article on Netflix’s Don’t Look Up contains spoilers –

Don’t Look Up Mid Credits Scene Explained:

Don’t Look Up is not hopefully with its plotline, so, yes, by the end of the film the world is coming to an end. However, the film has behind a beautiful narrative of class discrimination, social hierarchy and similar topics in its two hours long runtime. Thus, even though planet Earth is destroyed in the film’s finale, it isn’t the end of humanity.

As the comet makes its way to strike against Earth and destroy the existence of humans from the planet’s face, we see President Orlean (Meryl Streep) and Peter Isherwell (Mark Rylance) leave everyone behind to be killed by the asteroid as they escape on a ship ready to take them to the nearest hospitable alien planet as the passengers of the ship are put in cryogenic sleep. President Orlean even leaves behind her son, Jason as she hurriedly gets on the ship.

Later when the passengers are woken up from their cryogenic sleep as they land on an alien planet, President Orlean once again ignores the threat around her of being in the wild, which leads her to get killed rather graphically. This dark scene further proves the point of this satire about how ignorant and indifferent privileged humans can be.

Don’t Look Up End Credits Scene Explained:

As graphic and brutal as the Don’t Look Up Mid Credits scene is, the End Credits is equal amounts cruel and cold. After the comet has hit planet Earth and wiped out almost everyone, we see Jason surviving the destruction making him the last person alive on earth. Jason, abandoned by his selfish mother, immediately starts live streaming almost as an attempt to deny the fact that he might just be the only person alive.

To read a more detailed review of Don’t Look Up, click here. You can also watch the film now streaming on Netflix.

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