It’s been a long time since a movie opening has caused so much controversy. After getting hacked by someone in North Korea, Sony decided to cancel the opening of the Interview entirely. Of course, after a bit of pressure from our government, Sony decided to release the movie on various streaming sites. Sometimes a bit of controversy is the best thing that can happen to a movie. This movie is one of Sony’s highest grossing online downloads ever and has already earned about $18 million.
Dave Skylark (James Franco) is the host of his own celebrity gossip show, Skylark Tonight. Despite the fact that he’s capable of scoring the hottest interviews and breaking news (the opening features Eminem confessing to being gay) his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogan) wants to move into more serious news. It’s then that they learn that North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong Un ( Randall Park) lists Skylark Tonight among one of his favorite shows. When Rapoport is able to score an interview with the dictator, the CIA enters the picture and asks the two to take him out for good.
My reaction to this movie is mixed. First of all, this was a great showcase for Seth Rogan and James Franco’s Bromance. I have not seen two individuals with such on screen chemistry since Tony Curtis and Jack Lemon went drag in Some Like it Hot. That movie had its own share of controversy at the time of its release, but that only helped cement it as a classic.
Is the Interview a classic? Well, while it is funny, I do have to say, but for the Sony hack, I have a feeling it would have disappeared into complete obscurity. While it is quite funny, it’s nothing particularly special. Much of the humor is gross out humor. It has the requisite jokes about things getting put in butts and drugged out people partying way too hard that you’d see in a college humor movie.
Make no mistake, despite the subject matter, this is clearly a college humor movie. It has its laugh out loud moments, and those laugh out loud moments mainly play out when Rogan and Franco are on screen together. Another breakout star in this one is Randall Park. While he doesn’t look much like the Korean dictator, he had that ‘one part little boy wanting to please his dad, one part completely out of touch elitist’ attitude down pat.
All in all, it was a funny movie, if a little bit redundant. You won’t learn anything about North Korea that you didn’t already know before, but I have to admit, the backdrop allowed for some pretty rich humor.
The ironic thing was this movie probably wouldn’t have gone anywhere but for the fact that North Korea made such a big deal about it. It would have been yet another gross out movie, with lots of gratuitous sex scenes and fart jokes, that quickly disappeared from the public eye. It was only the Sony hack that made this movie a classic and a headline.
If anything, Rogan and Franco should send North Korea a thank you note.
If you like movies along the lines of Neighbors, then the Interview might be worth your time. Heck, you should probably go ahead and download it just so you won’t be the only person who hasn’t seen it. Either way, the Interview is worth the watch
WE GAVE IT: 3.5 Stars – Watch the Official Trailer and Official Movie Poster below!