The comedy that North Korea never wanted you to see is finally out! And anything to make Kim Jong-Un pissed is worth the ticket price alone. Now, I don’t get me wrong I don't want to get blow up in a movie theater as much as the next person, but thank you Sony for manning up! Sony finally decided to get their head out of the sand and stopped negotiating with terrorist known as the Guardians of Peace. While the hype may have over killed The Interview, Seth Rogen and James Franco’s bromance is irresistible. Ironically, with all of North Korea’s hissy fit over this film it has turned The Interview into the movie event of the year and for reasons that have nothing to do with the film itself. This is a hard burden for any political satire to carry out and of course The Interview won’t succeed, but it will die trying. And The Interview needs all of our support to show that freedom of speech still matters. Even when most of the jokes fall flat you can’t help but cheer Rogen and Franco on.
So here’s the plot: Dave Skylark (a Seacrest-ish Franco) is a pretty boy talk show host of a cable tabloid called Skylark Tonight. His super chill producer, Aaron Rapoport (Rogen), keeps him inline. The film really kicks in when they find out that Kim is a huge fan of the show and score big by landing an interview with the mysterious dictator. Cue the C.I.A. and agent Lacey (Lizzy Caplan, fabulous as ever) who want the boys to take out the big guy. It’s crazy. It’s impossible. It’s well another Rogen movie. Hey, if Chaplin could impersonate Hitler (The Great Dictator) and Tarantino could kill Hitler (Inglourious Basterds), then Rogen and Franco can blow up Kim while listening to Katy Perry, dammit! So it’s off to North Korea where Rogen and Franco become some of the dumbest 00’s ever to exist. But in comes Kim (Randall Park) whose hip, swag and smoking a stogie. Park does a grand job impersonating Kim, giving him his own witty personality. Kim loves listening to Perry and drinking margaritas in his down time. Park’s performance alone made the movie for me.
Yes, jokes will fall flat in this film but some scenes (Eminem coming out scene, Dave and Kim’s tank scene and the tiger scene) are killer funny. This is not director Evan Goldberg and Rogen’s (This Is the End) best comedy but it’s still worth seeing. Although, I wish there could have been more Caplan and more Rogen/Franco bromance shown throughout. But this political satire still works. The Interview is not the best comedy, far from it, but it’s one to kick back with your buddies and get a decent laugh in. It’s Goldberg and Rogen’s ambition and lampooning that makes this film a wild ride. Yes, many times they take jokes and situations way too far but that’s ok. Sorry, North Korea if you can’t take a joke but lighten up a bit. As for the real Kim just sit back listen to some Perry and drink a margarita while you’re at it. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.