• Ryan Calleja Urry

"Death To 2020" Netflix Mockumentary Ends The Year On As Bad A Note As It Started 😢

To Laugh Or Cry? 😒

If you've never seen one before, a mockumentary is just what it sounds like - this genre refers to a comedy piece that's written in documentary format, allowing the writers to get their point across without directly pointing any fingers.

Unfortunately though, many seem to be laughing at this mockumentary, instead of with it - with many critics coming out against the Netflix standalone.

Not Exactly What We Expected 😔

On paper, this 70-minute Netflix special sounds super promising - with a great cast and concept, as well as the brains of Black Mirror creators Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones directing the operation.

Not to mention, the mockumentary also had a great production budget to work with, yet reception by critics seemed very underwhelming following its release on the 27th of December - receiving mostly negative reviews.

What The Critics Had To Say 👀

Critics branded the mockumentary with the overall consensus of "disappointing".

In a one-star review for The Independent, Ed Cumming found that he was often "waiting for punchlines that never arrive", saying that Grant is "not given a single decent line".

Chris Bennion gave the special a two stars out of five in a review for The Telegraph, believing it to be a "huge disappointment" with humour "as predictable as the targets of the jokes".

Though praising some of the characters, including Jackson, Fishburne and Milioti, Zack Handlen of The A.V. Club gave the episode a B – in a negative review which summarised the mockumentary as "obvious jokes over-familiar footage".

The Hollywood Reporter's Daniel Fienberg summarised the work as a "generally hacky piece of recycled political satire and tired documentary parody". Finding it "astonishing how lazy everything is" - pretty harsh words 🤔

What's It About Though? 👀

The characters of the mockumentary discuss the series of unfortunate events that 2020 had to offer, mixing in real information as well as satire.

The main topics covered include:

The ongoing pandemic, the U.S. presidential election, the Australian bushfires, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan stepping down from the British royal family, the 2020 Oscars & the killing of George Floyd and subsequent U.S. protests.

The star-studded cast is made up of the following:

  • Samuel L. Jackson as Dash Bracket, a reporter for the New York Times

  • Hugh Grant as Tennyson Foss, a historian

  • Lisa Kudrow as Jeanetta Grace Susan, a non-official conservative spokesperson

  • Leslie Jones as Dr. Maggie Gravel, a behavioral psychologist

  • Joe Keery as Duke Goolies, a gig economy millennial

  • Kumail Nanjiani as Bark Multiverse, CEO of Shreekr, a technology company

  • Tracey Ullman as Queen Elizabeth II

  • Cristin Milioti as Kathy Flowers, a self-described soccer mom, representing a stereotypical "Karen"

  • Samson Kayo as Pyrex Flask, a scientist

  • Laurence Fishburne as the narrator

Will You Be Watching "Death To 2020" ?

Most of us have had the experience of loving a movie only to find out later that the critics had very different views of the same thing. So, in light of that, don't take their word for it and give this piece a watch, you can be the judge on if the film is better or worse than 2020 😅

Have you seen it? If so, what were your thoughts?

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