The Interview – A bunch of buddies made a movie (almost) nobody else would have
Written by: Dan Sterling, Seth Rogen, and Evan Goldberg
Directed by: Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg
Starring: James Franco, Seth Rogen, Lizzy Caplan, Diana Bang, and Randall Park
Much has already been made of the controversy surrounding “The Interview”. We all know about the threats from North Korea, and the cyber hacking at Sony. It was all over the news for the better part of a month. So, going in, I tried to keep my expectations at the level they were at before all of that. When all I knew is that the “Pineapple Express” bunch made a movie about a late night news show host and his producer killing Kim Jong-Un during an interview. And, while the controversy has turned it into one of the bigger cult films of all time (even before Netflix added it) the movie itself is exactly what I thought it would be. It is a pretty funny movie. Right along the lines of “Pineapple Express” and “This is the End” (The latter of which I find to be their funniest work).
I think the thing that makes these movies so enjoyable for so many is the chemistry and obvious fun that Rogen and Franco have on screen and off it. It is the scenes between them that I found myself laughing out loud. Sure, a lot of the humor is sophomoric. But, isn’t that what you signed up for when you turned on the movie? Surely anyone who has seen other Rogen/Franco flicks knows what to expect. So just enjoy it.
The surprise for me was the two female leads stealing some scenes from the stars. Lizzy Caplan is always great and she doesn’t disappoint here as the beautiful, tough FBI agent that is running the boys’ mission. Diana Bang plays probably my favorite role of the film as Sook, Kim’s bad ass right hand woman. Randall Park is also very funny as the supreme leader himself. The now infamous scene of he and Dave Skylar (Franco) riding around in a tank listening to Katy Perry is one of the best moments of the whole movie.
Overall, this movie is no comedic revelation but it is funny. I guess at the end of the day the thing that sets it apart from other comedies is the fact that it deals with mocking a deranged world leader. Which, in it’s own right, was a bold move by Goldberg and Rogen. Outside of Matt Stone and Trey Parker, I don’t think anyone else would have the guts to do that. So, at least for that, see the movie. Just tap into your inner fart joke, pop some popcorn, and enjoy. If you don’t expect the world, I promise you will laugh a lot.