Hello Everybody! Today we have the controversial yet hyped North Korea bashing film, The Interview.
DIRECTOR: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg
STARRING: James Franco, Seth Rogen, Lizzy Caplan, Randall Park, Timothy Simons, Eminem, Rob Lowe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
GENRE: Political Comedy
COUNTRY: United States
In the action-comedy The Interview, Dave Skylark (James Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show “Skylark Tonight.” When they discover that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show, they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. As Dave and Aaron prepare to travel to Pyongyang, their plans change when the CIA recruits them, perhaps the two least-qualified men imaginable, to assassinate Kim Jong-un.
Political comedies are the best kind of comedy if the film is done right. While I feel that The Interview missed the bar just a bit, it definitely was done properly. The characters are actually pretty funny, albeit a little too raunchy for my taste. While the story is nothing to spectacular, the characters carry the controversial film quite well. It has been a long time since I laughed out loud at a film for so long.
So let me just start by saying, yes after watching The Interview I understand why North Korea would try and prevent the release of this film. They obviously have no sense of humor, as the film almost bashes the United States as much as North Korea. If it was leaked into North Korea, which it probably has been already, it could easily spark a riot. I don’t want to dwell too much on this controversy, so lets move on.
Believe it or not, I actually liked this Rogen/Franco pairing. Normally I am not fond of their films but this one passes the already low bar. All of the tropes I hate are still there, but they just, for lack of a better term, do it better.
- Comedic tropes.
- Political comedy done right.
- Rogen x Franco.
SCORE: 7.5 / 10
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