Movie Review: The Interview (2014)

Posted: January 3, 2015 in Comedy
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Dave Skylark (James Franco) hosts a successful entertainment talk show, called Skylark Tonight.  Dave interviews stars like Eminem, and Rob Low and makes them reveal secrets about themselves.  Dave and producer Aaron Rapaport (Seth Rogen) are celebrating 1,000 episodes when they hear that Kim Jong Un (Randall Park) is a big fan of Skylark.  Kim wants Skylark to interview him in North Korea, Dave and Aaron happily agree.  Soon, the CIA is knocking on their door, Agent Lacey (Lizzy Caplan) and Agent Botwin (Reese Alexander) want Dave and Aaron to go to North Korea and poison Kim Jong Un.

Dave and Aaron accept the mission and go to North Korea.  Aaron meets the woman who will control the broadcast in North Korea, a woman named Sook (Diana Bang) and falls for her.  The poison that is intended for Kim ends up being swallowed by one of Kim’s security detail.  Agent Lacey quickly replaces the poison by drone, and the mission is on again. When Dave spends a few days with Kim, playing basketball, riding a tank, and chasing girls, he starts having second thoughts about the mission.  Aaron still wants to go forward, does he convince Dave to go forward.

I really did want to see this movie before all the hype about this movie, I thought it was an interesting concept and could be funny.  But then came the hacking, and the movie not being released and I had second thoughts.  Then came the theories about who did the hacking, was it North Korea or an inside job from a disgruntled Sony employee?  Unfortunately, the theories about the hackers were better than the actual movie.

The Interview actually starts out as a funny satire of the entertainment/gossip show genre.  But it quickly degenerates into silly frat boy sex jokes, drug humor, and juvenile potty humor, lots of juvenile potty humor.  One of the actual lines in the movie is “Do you have a butthole?”  Subtlety is not a strong point of this movie.  To top it off, the writers, Rogen and others, add a nasty stereotype about Koreans.  The Interview reminds me of a demented Hope/Crosby road picture, movies with similar cultural stereotypes, the difference was those were made in the 1940’s.The ending is something out of a Tarantino or Stallone movie, or maybe Fury.  The movie clocks in at almost two hours, which is way too long for a movie like this.  There are better Seth Rogen movies, 50/50, and Funny People, neither of which he wrote.

James Franco plays this role as a talk first, think later entertainment reporter, the writers try to redeem his character later, but it was far too late for that to happen.  Seth Rogen is the voice of reason in this movie and that’s a sure sign of trouble. Lizzy Caplan and Diana Bang are just objectified females for Rogen and Franco to ogle.

There is a reason why I write this blog, it is to warn people away from heavily hyped movies.  Sometimes the hype is true, this time it’s not.  But the freedom to see a badly made movie is an inalienable right in America, not to be censored by foreign governments or corporate hackers.

The Interview:  A Hack-neyed film.



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