★★★★ | by Emma Levett
Posted on Jan 5, 2021
Death to 2020 is a 2020 British mockumentary by Black Mirror creators Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones under their Broke and Bones production company as a Netflix original production.
The thought of watching a film about 2020 in 2021 feels a little absurd, since the majority of us want to leave it all behind us and say to ourselves “well that happened” and sign off with the inevitable #f**kcovid. But on second thoughts… why not summarise one of the most bizarre year in our world history, using dark humour and a sprinkle of witty quips with profound undertones, to an audience who lived through it.
The mockumentary luckily starts with a few big Hollywood names (Samuel L.Jackson,Hugh Grant, Lisa Kudrow). The relief is from the fact that considering how dumbfounding 2020 has been, using unknown names for the acting parts, would have made this slightly believable in places! The 70 minute montage of the year didn’t just tip a toe over the line. Sometimes it sprinted over it, did a little jig and slowly returned to the borderline inappropriate. If you’re open minded about dark humour and haven’t been truly affected and traumatised from the events of last year, you will find this film hilariously funny.
For me, the comedy didn’t miss a trick, but there were times where the amount of jokes and irony was a bit overwhelming. Not a second went by where the film accomplished to be funny or at least tried, which can be a bit tiresome. There were however some deeply felt quotes made by the character Dash Bracket (Samuel L.Jackson) in regards to relating COVID-19 to law enforcement, which gave such a heart breaking event, some substance.
This review about Death of 2020, wouldn’t be relevant without mentioning how brilliant Diane Morgan was at playing the ‘average citizen’ – Gemma Nerrick. The right recipe of quirky, crazy and weird all rolled into one. The Northern accent was delivered without fault and the facial expressions throughout ‘America’ the supposed drama series (which turned out to be an American news network) was brilliant.
Unfortunately, that’s the only difficulty in granting an opinion on something so outrageous and that could feel a little close to home for a vast majority. The warnings are still there for people who are easily offended, to not give this a watch. I grant this film under the category of ‘marmite’. You’re either going to love it or hate it!
Totally put me off using hands whatsoever. So, I started doing absolutely everything with my elbows instead. And it was shortly after that my boyfriend left. – Gemma Nerrick