Thursday, January 1, 2015

Jason versus The Interview

What!?! Talk of quitting then two months later two reviews are posted within a day!?! What the fuck, over!?! Well, deal with it. I can do whatever I want. And I want to chime in on James Franco and Seth Rogen's latest comedic effort, The Interview. Especially after all the hacking, terrorist threats and presidential response that's surfaced during the last couple of weeks. Is The Interview worth all the attention? Stick with me!

Dave Skylark and Aaron Rapoport run the celebrity tabloid Skylark Tonight. When they land an interview with a surprise fan, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, they are recruited by the CIA to turn their trip to Pyongyang into an assassination mission.

First off, I get why the North Koreans might be a titch upset with the is flick, as it doesn't paint their Supreme Leader in the most positive light. OK. Randall Park is just awesome as Kim Jong-un, but the dictator still comes across as a crazy motherfucker in the end, which I'm sure he is. But he's amusing, at least according to Rogen and Dan Sterling's script.

In the end, terrorists are wasting their time with a movie that is little more than dumb comedy. Funny yes, at least sporadically, but still a dumb comedy. I liked This Is the End and Pineapple Express a whole lot more, but found myself laughing more times than I expected at The Interview.

There's a boatload of potential for The Interview to be a smart political satire that takes a few swipes at the lame stream media. Instead, we've got crude and gross-out humour with a few genuinely amusing moments. And some bloody violence. I'll take what I can get, but The Interview could've been better.

I always dig me Seth Rogen and think Lizzy Caplan is dead sexy. I've never liked Franco, although I'm sure he's a cool dude in reality. Just can't stand him onscreen when he isn't being beaten up by Jason Statham. Whatever.

The Interview is funny, and I'd actually see it again, so it rates a Good. But it could've been great if those involved had strived for more.

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