Seth Rogen, James Franco, and Sony productions have made quite a stir with a plot to kill the world’s most famous dictator, the leader of the caged world, none other than Kim Jong Un (Randall Park). The Interview showcases Dave Skylark (James Franco) and Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) as they move up from tabloid TV to sparking the North Korean revolution, with the help of CIA agent Lacey (Lizzy Caplan) and UN’s lead propagandist Sook Yung Park (Diana Bang). The film starts off with Eminem coming out of the closet, Rob Lowe coming out as bald, and Rapoport’s ambition to move the show to a more serious form of journalism, and ends with an violently awesome escape scene from Pyongyang, two, maybe three explosions, a new government for North Korea and a tell-all book, featuring a romance, a bromance, and a loads of comedic fuck-ups in between.
The truth is, if you take away the novelty of assassinating the real-life dictator of North Korea, The Interview is a mid-level comedy/action flick. Seth Rogen has curated a long list of movies featuring controversial topics layered under raunchy and “frat boy” type jokes, and The Interview is no different in any way, shape, or form. Now with that being said, it’s still a good movie. There was no bad acting by any means, and the special effects were amazing. Evan Goldberg and Rogen did not disappoint as directors of the film. Franco’s character is dense and eccentric, and accounts for more than half of the movies comic relief. I laughed, not as much as I expected, but enough for me to enjoy the film. It’s a typical Rogen flick, and what would a Seth Rogen flick be without some serious action scenes, more than a few bromance moments, and a give or take five second boob shot. Not to mention that a major theme in the movie, particularly once they got to North Korea, was assholes.
Overall it’s a decent movie, I’m giving it a 7 out of 10. If you’re a Rogen and Franco fan, they definitely won’t disappoint. If you settle for nothing less than gut-busting comedies or balls to the wall action movies, then you’d probably want to find something else to watch. If you missed the movie in theaters – no worries, you can catch it on Netflix.
Freedom Of Speech Prevails!7
Acting score 8
Story score 6
Music & SFX score 8