Review: The Interview (2014)

the interview review

I don’t think this movie really needs an introduction, but i’ll give one anyway. The movie that has been the center of controversy is finally out. A movie that has been the reason for numerous hack attacks on Sony, A movie which we weren’t even gonna see until two days ago, A movie over which everyone from Obama to George Clooney has had something to say about. As you now i’m talking about ‘The Interview’, the new film from the guys who brought you ‘This Is the End’. I think it’s great that Sony finally decided to stand up and after being scared for sometime and say we aren’t going to stand for this. The Interview was finally released today in 200 independent cinemas across the U.S and many online sites like Crackle, YouTube, Google Play also making it the first studio film to be premiere online.

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Directed by: Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen and written by Goldberg, Rogen and Dan Sterling, ‘The Interview’ tells the story of Dave Skylark (James Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapaport (Rogen) who run a celebrity tabloid show ‘Skylark Tonight’ which specializes in unearthing celebrity secrets, In a desperate attempt to attain credibility as journalists Skylark scores an interview with Kim Jung Un, the supreme leader of North Korea. As Dave and Aaron prepare for the trip they are recruited by the CIA to turn the interview into an assassination mission. Starring: James Franco, Seth Rogen, Lizzy Caplan and Randall Park, The Interview is an alright, not so good, not so bad movie that does best when it has it’s two leads Franco and Rogen on-screen. The Interview goes for gross-out humor and for better or worse goes through with it. The chemistry between Franco and Rogen is excellent and Lizzy Caplan and Randall Park are both good in their supporting roles. Park in particular is pretty funny as Kim Jung Un. Cameo appearances from people like Eminem and Rob Lowe are also quite hilarious.

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Part political satire, part action comedy, The Interview is as outrageous as you expect it to be, sadly it only feels like a half-good movie. The Interview lacks the one thing it should not. Comedy. The whimsy script does well with the political satire but is not as funny as it should be with the jokes only working half the time. It’s a disappointment considering this is from Rogen and Goldberg, the same guys behind ‘This Is the End’, and that was hilarious.

All in all, The Interview is an okay movie that should have been more funny than it actually is. Ultimately the film fails to match it’s ambitious and bold plot. Is it worth the controversy? probably yes. It’s definitely racist but at the end of  the day it’s just a movie.

6.8/10

-Khalid

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