James Franco plays Dave Skylark, a talk show host who's profession favors more to softer news topics, interviewing celebrities and revealing their deepest secrets. Skylark is nothing without his partner in crime, Aaron (Seth Rogen), his producer, who has now been with the show for ten years. When the two realize that they're a joke among other reporters, they decide to interview the leader of North Korea.....Kim Jong Un, who turns out to be a huge fan of the show. The CIA intervene and hire Dave and Aaron to assassinate the tyrannic leader during their interview.
Directing team Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have brought this controversial comedy to the big screen. Their crass humor works perfectly for this story.
Of course, late in 2014, "The Interview" stirred up quite the controversy, leading to many national threats of violence. Was it all worth it?
"The Interview" is a competently made comedy that delivers some laughs but fails to make as large of a comedic impact as Rogen and Goldberg's last outing; "This Is The End". That film was witty, self aware and gut bustingly funny, but "The Interview" at most, delivers some well deserved chuckles.
North Korea's 'fearless' leader Kim Jong Un here is portrayed as a soft, Katy Perry loving chub with daddy issues. Randall Park plays the part perfectly, delivering a lot of the funniest moments.
"The Interview" has little to say on the spy genre but nails its parody of today's media. The first few scenes has James Franco interviewing stars such as Eminem and Rob Lowe, getting out their deepest secrets for the whole world to see. Its in these scenes that "The Interview" really shines, but once the spy genre takes over, the film declines in laughs and relevance. Thankfully the third act really picks up the pace, delivering an explosive finale that takes great advantage of one today's most popular pop anthems.
James Franco plays perhaps one of the biggest morons of his career, yet he does it perfectly, befriending Un and having a change of heart halfway throughout the film made for some interesting conflict between him and Rogen. Rogen yet again plays the lovable schlub that we admire him for.
What could have been a witty satire on politics and media, ultimately serves as an endless slew of gags that never really build on one another, except for Un's love of Katy Perry which played brilliantly into the finale.
Like with "Team America", the film displays the dictator as a lonely, misunderstood man, which works excellently for comedy, yet this is quickly dismissed in the third act, instead playing out that he is in fact an evil man, ready to fire nukes to prove himself to his people.
The movie tries to make jokes out of everything, and I mean everything. But by doing so, it falls short on almost all of them, hitting a middle ground and not hitting any topic all that well.
At a time in the film, it seems as though it might raise the bar intellectually, its characters decide that they don't have to kill Un, instead display his weaknesses on live television for the whole of North Korea to see, humanizing him and allowing for a revolution, but they quickly dismiss this and decide to blow him up anyway.
The movie is funny, it has constant gags that will most certainly satisfy you if you're a fan of this teams previous work. But for a film shrouded in controversy, it really fails on delivering the outrageous heights that we were promised.
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