The Interview (15)

After all the threats, studio back-pedalling and political shenanigans, Seth Rogen’s The Interview has finally been released…and it’s shit.

Prompted by free-speech advocates from George Clooney to President Obama, Sony semi-reversed itself and set a limited U.S. theatrical release for The Interview in a few hundred independent cinemas on Christmas Day.

The movie is also being offered through a dedicated website and via Google services YouTube and Play, and Microsoft’s Xbox Video platform.

Dave Skylark (Franco) and his legit-wannabe producer Aaron Rapoport (Rogen) run a sleazy celebrity tabloid show “Skylark Tonight.” When they discover that Kim Jong-un (Randall Park) is a fan, they land an interview with the supreme leader hoping to legitimize themselves as journalists.

Soon enough the two idiots become embroiled in an assassination mission. As Dave and Aaron prepare to travel to Pyongyang, their plans change when the C.I.A. ask them to assassinate their interviewee.

The CIA, including the super-hot Agent Lacey (Lizzy Caplan), prepare perhaps the two least-qualified men imaginable, to assassinate Kim Jong-un. They supply them with a fast-acting poison that can be transferred by handshake. Simple if you’re James Bond. If you’re Dave and Aaron, not so much.

When sycophantic Dave meets Kim Jong-Un a bromance begins as they bond over their love of Katy Perry and tanks. Like with any new relationship Kim Jong-Un only lets Dave see his good side. The result is that the television star changes his mind and doesn’t fancy slaughtering the feared leader anymore.

Aaron goes berzerk when he hears the news. From day one he’s said that there’s something shady about this guy. Will the affable idiots follow out their deadly plan and save billions of people from a life of misery, or just hang out with the ‘baller’ supreme leader?

I find it unbelievable that at the time of writing this, the movie is receiving positive reviews. How is this even possible? The script, the acting, the ‘humour’ are all garbage. After all the hoopla The Interview has to stand on its own. It’s the movie event of the year for reasons that have almost nothing to do with the movie itself.

This is a movie I wouldn’t have given a second of my time to had it not been for all the hype (mission accomplished, Hollywood). So on Christmas Day instead of watching my festive favourites I watched this attempt at humour.

Rather than wincing at the gross out gags I was cringing at how awful it was, and that crap like this can actually make it to a studio. Without all the recent publicity I’m sure it would have tanked.

I love satirical comedies, but this movie isn’t smart at all, in fact it’s just plain dumb. I don’t know any political satire that could carry the burden of repping free expression in America. The Interview certainly can’t. Its mission is merely to make audiences laugh. But it fails, it’s one of the weakest movies the duo has ever starred in.

The black comedy Team America came out 10 year’s ago and it’s embarrassing that Directors Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen have attempted to replicate it. Simply put The Interview is 112 minutes of Franco simultaneously being in love with both Rogen and himself, all whilst trying to be funny, smart and satirical, and failing abysmally.

It’s just another half-baked movie starring Hollywood’s loveable stoners.There’s no way North Korea hacked Sony over this movie—if anything, Pyongyang would be calling up whatever Sony exec didn’t just get fired for gross misconduct over email and offering to finance the sequel instead of feeding its people.

By Ruth Walker
★☆☆☆☆

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