Mere moments ago, I had the pleasure of watching The Interview on Google Play (yes, I indeed paid for it). The film has been surrounded by such controversy that I almost felt strange for even watching it. But I'm glad I did. And here's why.
James Franco is his own bumbling self (or so it seems) in The Interview. He plays an ignorant "journalist" who only covers celebrity gossip. Good gossip (nobody had a clue that Eminem is gay!), but his producer (Rogen) wants something bigger and better. When Franco learns that Kim Jong Un is a big fan, he convinces Rogen to go with him to interview the Supreme Leader of North Korea. However, the CIA intervenes and convinces Franco to assassinate Un by poisoning him with a handshake.
I had high hopes going into the film since I absolutely adored This is the End. And I wasn't disappointed. The Interview carries the same amount of outrageous humor (and needless gore) that I'm used to. And the political commentary is just right on par.
At first, Un is painted as a caring, misunderstood and scared dude. It was so convincing, even my husband and I had a shared "aww" moment. Un bonds with Skylark (Franco), and the two share margaritas, basketball, Katy Perry and a tank ride. At this point, I was wondering if the way Un is painted in the beginning of the film is why the real Supreme Leader was so upset. As though he could never love anything American. But just like his country, Un is manipulating Skylark.
With Rogen's help, the two embark on an insane journey including some missing fingers and butt-smuggling. Yeah, you read that right.
My only gripe is that some of the pacing seemed odd. There were moments that were passed by too quickly that almost took me out of it all, along with some very bad props. But, the overall tone and hilarity wins out. If you haven't rented it yet, do it now. You won't be sorry.