North Korea - 0
'Merica - 1
Americans have been in somewhat of a frenzy since Sony announced the intent to release 'The Interview' despite threats from hacker group 'Guardians of Peace'. Sony announced that it would stream the controversial film through services like youtube and xbox. The release of these streams created a domino affect of illegal versions of the film popping up online. I got a hold of one of these versions and I was not disappointed.
The film is hilarious and surprisingly heart-warming. You get an extra dose of Seth Rogen and James Franco's humor. With a little surprise humor by the likes of Eminem and the actor that played Kim Jong-Un. My guess is, if you are a fan of Rogen and Franco films like Pineapple Express and This is the End you will absolutely love this film. If you are not a fan of the two, go in with an open mind and I believe you will enjoy it as well.
For a more in depth analysis read my complete review BELOW.
If you are familiar with James Franco and Seth Rogen, you should go into the film considering their raunchy, and explicit humor. This film reflects some of the comedic efforts put into films like pineapple express and this is the end. And although some may find this humor over the top or too forced I found it just right.
First of all what jumped out to me was that James Franco took on the more humorous role. While Seth Rogen played more of the straight man. This gave the film a better tone in my opinion. While most of us love Seth Rogen, his forced comedy seems to rub some people the wrong way. Case and point: Green Hornet, and Observe and Report. So this was a nice change of pace. Besides this is the end, I had not seen James Franco this funny before. The chemistry of Rogen and Franco is so apparent that it usually brings a smile to your face whenever the two start interacting. This comedic familiarity really made me comfortable with the film immediately, and kept me entertained.
Secondly, I noticed the journalistic tone the film. As a journalist this made the film a little more grounded. It actually gave the film reason, which I did not think this movie would have. As an entertainment talk show host, James Franco's character isn't taken seriously, especially in the journalist world. With the Kim Jong-Un interview he hopes to get more respect from his peers. Kim Jong-Un is a fan of his entertainment show and asks for an interview to clear up America's opinion of him. Although this was quite silly, I thought this was the most realistic way they could attempt this film while keeping the raunchy comedy tone they wanted it to contain.
The government part of the film is where it is most questionable. This is where I found the most flaws, and I'm sure others did as well. While the writers did a good job of displaying some of the security and personnel that would be behind a dictator like Kim Jong. Some of the other things were not as realistic, and I realize that this is a comedy film that shouldn't be taken too seriously. But, the fact that an American entertainer was sent to the most hostile country on the planet to assassinate the modern day hitler and the president of the united states was not involved at all, really pissed me off. Other than that I thought there was a realistic interpretation of how tense it would be for an American in North Korea. Even if Kim Jong was a fan of there's.
Lastly the ending made me happy. Although now Fireworks by Katy Perry is stuck in my head. Franco and Rogen leave a charming after taste to the hearty hilarious meal that is 'The Interview'. If you have not seen it, watch it and enjoy. And more importantly piss North Korea off.