Drew and I were treated today with an advanced screening of the now notorious propaganda film starring Seth Rogen and James Franco: The Interview (2014). Just kidding, Sony decided to release for online streaming (Of course you have to pay $6 for it) in light of North Korea hacking them and threatening to retaliate if the film was released in theaters. What the North Koreans didn’t suspect was our resilience to let our 1st Amendment rights go quietly into the night. But was the film worth all the hype and controversy?
The film tells the story of talk show host Dave Skylark (Franco) and the producer of the show, Aaron Rapaport (Rogen). They interview celebrities and controversies they are involved in and provide entertainment nationwide. That is until the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-Un, requests that they interview him for their show. Just when Skylark and Rapaport prepare to embark to North Korea, they are stopped by the CIA who involve them in a plan to assassinate Jong-Un via the interview.
I liked The Interview, but that’s not to say it was the greatest film by any means. I think the hype revolving around the film is due to this Sony hack and the response it produced from both us and North Korea. I honestly didn’t have that high of an expectation going into it, and while said expectations were certainly exceeded, I wouldn’t say by that much.
Seth Rogen and James Franco are funny people, and they will always do well in the roles that they are given. I did appreciate the cameos from multiple actors throughout the film (I won’t spoil who makes cameos because I want the surprise to impact you the way they impacted me; they were good, trust me). However I found the movie to be predictable and the second act falls flat, slowly dragging its heals with plot points and careless writing. With a movie called The Interview, people are going to be anticipating said interview. Naturally this can’t happen ASAP, otherwise we don’t even have a movie; but at least give me something to hold on to while I’m waiting for the climax. There are laughs here and there, but to be completely honest I didn’t think they sufficed. The first act was strong and humorous for sure. Franco and Rogen’s dynamic is as fresh as it will ever come. The two have come a long way since the days of Pineapple Express (2008). The third act is almost all action and looks like a Tarantino movie. Entertaining as hell, for sure, but it felt like more of a relief than an earned close to this film.
The Interview boasts a great duo with Franco and Rogen for sure, but its lackluster plot and predictable beats make it just shy from being “worth” seeing. Did I laugh? Yes. Was I bored at times? Too often. It relies on “bro” humor that won’t resonate everyone, and it’s certainly not enough to carry it on its own. I’m happy I only had to pay $3 to see this (Drew and I split the $6 cost).
Overall Rating: 5.5/10 – Rent it.
Couple of good lols here and there, but if it were released in theaters it would not have been worth the full price of a ticket.
PS Merry Christmas
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