It’s hard to forget what’s happened in the last two years, and Netflix’s “The Bubble” offers viewers a satirical perspective on what the COVID-19 pandemic was like for certain people.
Directed by Judd Apatow, the film stars a variety of popular actors including the Apatow family, Iris Apatow, Leslie Mann, David Duchovny, Karen Gillan, Pedro Pascal, and Keegan-Michael Key.
A movie within a movie, “The Bubble” is chilling in a way that makes you want to keep watching the ridiculous situations the characters find themselves in. The movie is supposed to be a comedy, and because it’s satirical, viewers are supposed to judge it.
Throughout the film, the cast alludes to many of the things that happened during those “unprecedented times,” including the initial panic and fear of COVID-19.
Before beginning their hotel stay, the cast are supposed to self-quarantine and get tested for the virus upon arrival. They are expected to live excluded from the rest of the world. In theory, this is the kind of privilege many celebrities were given during the first year of the pandemic, followed by a safe return to work.
Carol Cobb (Karen Gillan) is in quarantine for two weeks and shows different emotions. She started out as many started out: watching movies, working out, and then going into completely insane mode from the lack of human and social interaction.
In one shot, we see Paula (Kate McKinnon) say that the pandemic is too tough, while the background shows her at a ski resort urging the studio rep to end the movie or else.
While the film offers insight into each character, Gillan’s character seems to remain central. In Carol, you can see the hypocrisy and lack of self-awareness that we witnessed from many celebrities during quarantine. Her character represents the many contradictions of celebrities who think they are doing the right thing but are only acting in self-interest.
In the bubble, the actors are treated like royalty, but are surrounded by creepy motifs like the head of security who ends up planting chips in the cast to make sure they stay “safe.” They are also heavily monitored and one character is even shot when he tries to leave.
In his own way, Apatow pokes fun at what many people thought would happen when the pandemic began, alluding to the panic that involved COVID-19 vaccines — planting chips — or “forcing” people to stay inside for their own good. , which was frowned upon.
Iris Apatow’s character, Krystal Kris, is a TikTok influencer turned actress. Her character is symbolic of the boom TikTok saw during the early months of the pandemic, when everyone was coming up with dance numbers and trying to stay relevant on the internet.
Krystal serves as the fun many people see in Gen Z and TikTok influencers showing their need to uphold their brand and trends, supposed values and morals on the internet, as well as their need to be fair and idolized. It is a comment on this type of culture.
Apatow also plays into the many movies and movie studios that are trying to stay relevant by including TikTokers, like having Krystal do a TikTok dance number with one of the cliff beasts.
While not your usual comedy, “The Bubble” will have you looking at the invisible camera across the room. It’s not a good movie, but it’s an interesting watch. There are fewer jokes and not much of that natural laugh-inducing streak you’d expect from other comedies, it’s the satire and absurd situations these characters get into that will keep you watching.