The Interview was supposed to be the big movie of 2015, considering the massive international controversy it caused before even being released. Quite frankly this movie was a wasted opportunity. North Korea is a subject so ready to be satirized that it was painful watching the opportunities this movie missed. My main problem with it was the fact that the admittedly funny jokes this movie had could have just as easily been made in any other setting. Many jokes can be made unique to North Korea, let me give you an example,
Q: So how is life in North Korea? A: Well, I can't complain.
Now, granted, this one isn't fit for cinematic adaptation, but there is nevertheless an untapped well of humour in North Korea. Most of the jokes were sexual, anal, and some made simply by the Jim-Carrey-like style of acting of James Franco.
The film opens with a scene of a young North Korean girl singing a song that may seem cute at first, but is with subtitles translated to "Die America! Die!" to an audience of North Korean dignitaries just before the launch of a nuclear missile. The missile inspires fear in the US and gets Kim-Jong-Un into the headlines. Meanwhile, Dave Skylark (James Franco) and his manager Aaron Rappaport (Seth Rogen) finish the 1000th episode of their show "Skylark Tonight" they get an opportunity to interview Kim-Jong-Un, a fan of Skylark tonight. They come to North Korea with a planned interview and CIA deal to assassinate the Supreme Leader of North Korea.
Despite the slapstick nature of the humour, the lack of depth and the predictability, the movie is enjoyable. The camerawork and acting are great, it is just the fact that so many hilarious opportunities pass by like soldiers in a military parade in Pyongyang. The opportunity for a tag with the poison bandage, for a more comical ending, for personality issues with the obviously insane Dave Skylark and the opportunity to use encounters with the people of North Korea.
The problem with the film is that after getting Franco and Rogen into Kim-Jong-Un's palace the film locks into this setting, instead of drawing on the vastness of North Korea. In my opinion it may also have drawn on relativizing the North Korean and American perspective on the story. I am not saying this is the way things are, but it may have been breeding grounds for comedy.
Overall the movie was very comparable to a communist regime. It started as off as a great idea, seemed nice, then got taken over by the wrong people and before anyone knew it it was a flaming piece of excrement.