I don’t see why this movie had as much controversy come with it as it did. I’ve seen U.S. movies disrespect other countries way worse than ‘The Interview’ did to North Korea. The citizens of North Korea really must love love LOVE them so Kim Jong Un I guess.
Dave Skylark (James Franco), host of ‘Skylark Tonight’, and the shows producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) land a surprise interview with Kim Jong Un (Randall Park), the dictator of North Korea. Once the CIA learns of their rare interview opportunity, they convince the pair to assassinate the dictator with their help of course. As one could guess, the mission doesn’t turn out to be so easy especially when Dave and the dictator form an unlikely friendship.
Yeah, I Liked That
Franco puts on one of his best performances, in my opinion, in ‘The Interview’ (his other best performance comes from his role as Alien in the awful ‘Spring Breakers’). He did a great job portraying his characters over-the-top, off-the-wall attitude. It seems like the movie was written with the purpose of having Franco carry the comedy load. Thank goodness he was able to pull it off because who knows how good this movie would of been if he wasn’t.
This maybe Rogen and, his partner in crime, Evan Goldberg’s second directorial outing but they still showed lots of improvement. Their debut as directors was the hilarious ‘This is the End’ and I thought they did a great job with that by making the “epic” scenes look like they were made with a bigger budget than they actually had. But you can just tell they are improving the more time they have on the job. They did well with the violence and action during the movies third act. SPOILER ALERT: Slow motion was a great touch to the scene at the end where a missile hits and explodes the helicopter carrying a certain dictator. The slow motion let us see the sweet special effects that were put in. END OF SPOILER
Lastly, I have to mention that the cameos were great. The best one came at the beginning with (my favorite musical artist of all time) Eminem “coming out of the closet.” His conversation with Dave, along with his laid back/emotionless expression and delivery, was a great way to start out the movie. None of that is biased talk though.
Yeah, I Didn’t Like That
I do say that ‘The Interview’ is a hilarious movie but that’s mainly because of the first half of the movie. As the second half moves along, the laughs drop off drastically. They only slightly pick back up when Dave interviews Kim Jong Un. The movie was still an entertaining watch though, with some thanks going to the violence at the end, but it would of been better if the comedy in this COMEDY would of held up all the way through.
While it was fun watching Franco show how funny he could be, it seemed like Rogen’s performance came at the expense of it. He still put on his typical Rogen performance but he wasn’t as funny as he usually is. It seemed like he was just there to set Franco up for jokes for a lot of the movie. If there was a way for Rogen and Franco to be as funny as they can be then there’s no doubt that this would of been the funniest movie of 2014. Rogen wasn’t the only one who seemed to be underused though. Lizzy Caplan should of also had more to do in the movie. I can’t really think of a solution for it but it would of just been nice to see this talented actress do more than just stand in a control center type of place and talk to the movie stars while they’re on their mission.
This is another solid entry in Rogen’s and Franco’s catalog. For all those people out there who aren’t fans of this movie, the only thing us fans have to say about them is “They hate us ’cause they ain’t us.” Now let me quickly apologize for that corny use of one of the movie’s quotes.
RATING:Would Accept as a Gift
P.S. Once again here is my rating scale. There are four different levels. Below is each level in order from best to worse and what each one means.
Must Own = A movie that is so good that I must add it to my Blu-ray collection when it comes out.
Would Accept as a Gift = I enjoyed the movie but don’t necessarily have to buy it (especially if I don’t have the funds to) myself but I would take it if someone bought it for me.
Might Rent = A movie that if I have the urge to watch again then I’ll just rent it from somewhere or Netflix it.
Never See Again = Very simple. I don’t want to ever see this movie again.
(Photo Credit: Nick Gillespiev – http://reason.com/blog/2014/12/25/the-interview-open-thread; Drew Taylor – http://news.moviefone.com/2014/05/12/james-franco-spring-breakers-2-alien/; Ashley Burns – http://uproxx.com/movies/2014/11/the-interview-lizzy-caplan/)