Starring: James Franco, Seth Rogen, Randall Park, Lizzy Caplan, Diana Bang
Directed By: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen
Written By: Dan Sterling
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 42 min
Following a computer hack on Sony Studios, and the subsequent release of threatening statements from the alleged North Korean hackers, who call themselves the Guardians of Peace. The Interview, arguably the most talked about film in 2014, arrives via the cloud instead of our movie theaters. And while I did appreciate the opportunity to stay in my Union Jack boxers, and stream the movie at home. I also hoped this wasn’t a taste of things to come as it applies to the delivery of brand new mainstream movie content. I personally still like going to the theater to watch films. If only everyone was cool with me showing up in my pajamas!
So is this a foreign power trying to control another country’s freedom of expression? Or is this situation a really screwed up marketing plan by Sony? A combination of the two perhaps? It’s certainly raised more questions about cyber-security, and how perpetrators in this connected world can seemingly operate with impunity. And what if I say The Interview is a great film, five stars all the way, will my blog be live tomorrow?
The Interview, in my opinion is getting more attention than it deserves. On the one hand its a brave choice to take a humorous look at a still very active oppressive regime, and joke about killing its leader. On the other, it could be seen as callous and insensitive to the people in North Korea. The film however, isn’t clever enough to reconcile those opposing points of view, and ends up being a mishmash of missed opportunities, toilet humor, dick jokes and impossible scenarios.
That’s not to say this is a complete waste of time either, as there are some genuinely funny moments to enjoy. It’s just so inconsistent. An excellently subtle and funny performance from Randall Park as Kim, is offset with an over the top turn by James Franco as TV host, Dave Skylark. Seth Rogen is fine as Dave’s long-suffering friend, Aaron, but like This is the End, Rogen’s films, for me at least, rely too much on puerile jokes centered in an around the male and female erogenous zones. Which is fine to a point, but in the final analysis, I found the humor in The Interview about 50% effective.
Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen’s last collaboration brought us the mostly effective, This is the End. Which is a better movie than The Interview in my opinion. If you liked This is the End, and enjoy Seth Rogen’s taste for humor, then I think you’ll find The Interview entertaining. This is R rated due to its adult content, language, violence and some moments of nudity.
Well, you’re not going to get to see this in a theater at the moment, so a HD streaming show at home on your TV, laptop, or tablet will deliver this content well enough.
I did enjoy the scene where ‘the package’ is delivered, and secured! I also enjoyed the use of an acoustic version of Katy Perry’s ‘Firework’ during the movies finale. The action in the North Korean television control room had its moments too.