'Death to 2020' - Joe's Take
Updated: Jan 6
2020 I 15+ I 70 Mins I Dir: Al Campbell & Alice Mathias
A comedic reflection on the mad glory of the year 2020.
2020 has undoubtably been abysmal to the point where it would seem impossible to show it in a way that is any more shocking than we already know. So who better than the some of the team behind Black Mirror to really hit this year home with a hilarious retrospective look at this unimaginable time.
Death to 2020 could easily have been a mis-step and arguably tasteless given the distress caused throughout the year. The humour here really hits a sweet spot for me and manages to effortlessly shift through being cynical, sharp, dead pan and straight up petty whilst being mindful of the topic.
There are big names in here for sure, but everyone gets pretty much equal screen time which provides a good mixture of humour on each topic and makes the whole thing feel very snappy especially when combined with it's seventy minute runtime.
The line between joke and reality is a tightrope walk for the team here and handled expertly. Jokes sometimes take that second longer to land depending on what sort of humour suits you best and nothing is off the table including COVID-19, Trump, Black Lives Matter and Brexit. Fans of Simon Amstel's hilariously clever 2017 Mockumentary 'Carnage' (set in an all vegan alternative future as it reflected on our present day as a horrific carnivorous past) will surely appreciate this format.
A perfect blend of Mockumentary, satire and absurd real events: Death to 2020 is a great Netflix special from the creators of Black Mirror and a much needed laugh at a year that has been far from fun.
STARRING: Samuel L. Jackson, Hugh Grant, Lisa Kudrow, Kumail Nanjani, Christin Milioti, Tracey Ulman, Laurence Fishburn, Joe Keery
BEST QUOTE: "The history books covering this period will have to be written in crayon... by a dog."
FUN FACT: This is the second time that Joe Keery portrays a YouTube and social media influencer. The first was Spree (2020), also released in 2020.
IF YOU LIKED: Carnage, Black Mirror
'Death to 2020' Trailer