The Interview… Who would have thought a Seth Rogen film would instigate so much controversy! Now one has been “responsible” for trying to start a World War. Ha! This film has sparked many conversations. With all the hype I really couldn’t resist checking it out for myself.
For forewarning! I won’t be discussing all the details of the hacking, Sony, or anything else in my review.
This film was directed by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen. Both worked together on the 2013 film This is the End. Seth Rogan stars as Aaron Rapoport, a TV “news” producer, and there is Dave Skylark, the lovable but ignorant host (James Franco). Randall Park plays the infamous role of Kim Jong-Un the North Korean dictator.
Aaron Rapoport begins to realize that his job isn’t as fulfilling as it once was. Sure his segment about Rob Lowe’s secret baldness is popular, but what about the real news? It is soon discovered that North Korean tyrant Kim Jong-Un is also a fan of the show. Quickly, arrangements are made to interview Mr. Un. Someone who has refused to be interviewed by anyone else! However, the CIA have other arrangements. Aaron and Dave will need to “take Kim out” while he is close.
When first learning about the film I had assumed the characters would have little to offer. Mainly I am referring to motive and characterization. I was actually surprised by Kim Jong-Un’s character. He is more thought out than I would have assumed. I thought he would be a flat caricature simply held up to make fun of. This is not the case. He isn’t simply evil. He isn’t ignorant either. He is manipulative. He places a fat kid on the corner of a fake grocery store to convince Rogen and Franco’s characters that no one is starving in NK for Christ sake! He straight up “honey dicked” them and me!
Between all the ridiculousness the film does have serious notes— if you can get to them. For one Rogen’s character who is at this point in life where he is unsatisfied with the cheapness of his career and is striving for more. This could be a connection to Rogen himself. Rogen may have been striving for a more relevant topic than previous films about guys either striving to get laid (Superbad) or in a weed induced haze (Pineapple Express).
Should you watch this movie?
YES if you are a Seth Rogen and Franco fan. This is exactly what should be expected from them. The humor does not differ because of the politics. So if you have always been into drug references, dick jokes and bromances then why deny yourself the pleasure because of NK?
YES if you want to see what all the fuss is about. If you heard all the hubbub and are curious why not check it out! It’s funny and laughing for a couple hours won’t hurt you.
NO if you are looking to get something serious out of it. This movie isn’t going to be enjoyable if you are trying to analyze everything about it. Yes, there are some serious points being made, but it doesn’t seem to be intending to start any type of revolution.
You can rent or buy The Interview on several different platforms at this time. Check out www.theinterview-movie.com for more information.