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.
This movie has stirred the pot! The thought of a movie about the assassination of the Korean Leader being seen encouraged a major intellectual attack by North Korea. The North Koreans attacked Sony Pictures and released several files, including personal files of the actors. This attack, along with several threats came from a group calling themselves the Guardians Of Piece, or GOP. There were also threats of bomb attacks on theaters that show this movie. And no….I’m not talking about the movie plot, I’m talking about real life. Naturally this sparked a major influx of people wanting to see this movie, me being one of those.
Arron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) is the producer of the Skylark Show, an interview show that focuses on the important things in life, celebrity breasts implants, divorces, lack of hair (Rob Lowe). This movie opens up with a super surprising and scene in which our star Dave Skylark (Franco) is interviewing Eminem. Eminem opens up to Skylark that he’s gay! At a party Arron Rapoport runs into an old college buddy that makes him feel bad about the types of interviews that he’s producing. This sparks a fire in Rapoport to actually have real interviews on the Skylark show. After finding out that the supreme leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, is a fan of the Skylark show, they get the idea of interviewing the most illusive man on the planet, and actually getting the interview.
I really like how they make Kim Jong-Un (played by Randall Park) to be a cool guy. Imagine seeing a sleazy talk show host and the leader of a communist country rolling around in a tank bumping Katy Perry on the radio while blowing stuff up, playing basketball, getting high, and partying with half naked Korean girls. A cool guy…so it seemed. It actually wasn’t until a screwup by Skylark brought out the true supreme leader.
Of course while Skylark is out partying it up with Kim Jong-Un, his producer Rapoport is hooking up with Korean military public relations officer Sook, played by the ultra-cute Diane Bang. Diane, being born in Canada, doesn’t have an accent, but her fake Korean accent is pretty impressive, sounds very legit. Her acting is actually good, up until now, she’s done a few shorts, and some TV shows, but nothing that you’ve seen. In my opinion, Diane is a key component in this films success. She brought Sook to the spotlight with her hilarious lines, and the flip-flop personality (watch the movie, you’ll see what I mean. I started BUSTING up laughing at a crazy sex scene where it’s Sook’s first time being with an American yells “You’re so hairy, like a bear!…”. I found that ULTRA funny because one, the way Diane played that was ULTRA funny, but two, I’ve lived that, I hear that from an EX-GF). After seeing her portrayal of the very neutral, very “military” officer, with a super-fun hidden side to her Sook, hopefully we’ll see more of Diane Bang on the big screen.
The nerd in me loves all the Lord of the Rings references, and the comedy was exactly what I expected from a Rogen Film. Also to be expected in a Seth Rogen film, there is some serious gay overtones with scenes of drug usage, but..as with Seth Rogen’s other films, this movie is funny and should be seen! One thing that is not expected is the pretty graphic death scenes at the end of the movie.
No real surprises here, Rogen made another movie, similar to his others, and once again, I liked it!
Cinematography: 8 of 10….Not bad, didn’t get dizzy, so that’s a good thing.
Story: 7 of 10….Funny, made sense….ish, BUT…hasn’t this been done before? It’s a comedy about killing a dictator, don’t expect Citizen Kane.
Flow: 9 of 10…..It moved along, actually too quickly. The movie ended too soon, I wanted more.
Acting: 7 of 10…..Ok, keep in mind it’s a comedy, and the points are really awarded to the “Korean” cast
Overall: 7 of 10 – Not as funny as some other of Rogens films, but still a funny movie, with a semi-twist (kinda saw it coming)
Trailer provided by Sony Pictures