Cert: R Runtime: 112 mins Director: Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg Cast: James Franco, Seth Rogen, Lizzy Caplan, Diana Bang and Randall Park
“Please do not believe these ignorant dishonorable Americans!”
The Interview has had the greatest free add campaign in the history of cinema in my opinion. With the great Sony gate continuing at the moment, we all wondered will The Interview actually get released? Well it was a little Christmas treat it came out on VOD on Christmas Eve and then a cinematic release on Christmas Day in the states. I did spend a few hours of my Christmas day watching it on VOD as a gift to myself. So what is The Interview about then? Dave Skylark (James Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show “Skylark Tonight.” When they discover that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show, they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. As Dave and Aaron prepare to travel to Pyongyang, their plans change when the CIA recruits them, perhaps the two least-qualified men imaginable, to assassinate Kim Jong-un (Randall Park).
James Franco and Seth Rogen work great together obviously because of all the years they have worked together and they play off each other perfectly here. Rogen is good as the straight man and Franco is good as the idiot of the duo. I think this is Franco’s best performance as the idiot in the duo.The humor in it when it works it brings some solid laughs. It does have some great one liners that I’m sure people will be using as soon as they watch the movie. While most of it is of the crude sex variety, it really works. There is some satire here revolving around politics and celebrity media which was enjoyable to a degree. The movie has good scope and it is shot well.
I feel the movie drops the ball on most of the satire though. While some moments worked, I feel the movie was juggling way too much to really be an effective lampoon when it switches between the CIA, the US, North Korea, action and spy movies, and celebrity media. It feels disjointed in its effectiveness so it lacks impact in its jokes along with all the other jokes missing the mark also. The middle act lags quite a bit making the movie drag for that section of the film. All in all The Interview is worth a watch, maybe just to fill the worlds curiosity.