Review: Death to 2020
January 11, 2021
This political mockumentary by the creators of Black Mirror is just what the world needed. Death to 2020 recaps the absurdity of this past year by interviewing “citizens and historians” who lived through it. These people were exaggerated characters played by household names like Samuel L. Jackson, Hugh Grant, Leslie Jones, and Joe Keery to name a few.
This piece has everything down to the overdramatic music to set the tone of a documentary. I went into watching it without the impression that it is a political comedy, and it was not until the characters started developing that I realized it was satire. These elements made it all the more worthwhile to watch. For an hour and ten minutes I never once felt like I was not being reeled in to see what was going to happen to America next, although I had just lived through it. The main reason for that was most definitely the interviewees.
The cast could not have been more perfect and truly elevated their characters to have the right elements of getting information across to the audience and being satirical. Hugh Grant played a historian, and as the film went on it becomes more and more apparent he has the political mindset of a stereotypical old man. Cristin Milioti’s role of Kathy Flowers encaptures a soccer mom who claims to be very loving and accepting but also makes homophobic and racist remarks. The best part about all of these characters is that we saw each of them in our own lives, and the directors just emphasized their personalities for comedic purposes.
The best part about this spectacle of a documentary is that nothing was a lie. No part of 2020 was made up and unfortunately, we all had to live through it. People were calling this year a horror movie left and right, and the chaos of it all was brought to another level. This was a worthwhile watch.