THE INTERVIEW | REVIEW

THE INTERVIEW – the film that caused an international incident with North Korea, had Sony’s emails hacked, got the planet and even President Obama involved discussing the “we do not deal with terrorists” thing and censorship, and had the film pulled from ever screening (#thatescalatedquickly), yeah well, it’s out, been out for a couple of weeks now. Everything appears to have gone hush hush after rumours North Korea did not do any hacking at all but it was actually an internal leak?? No idea what happened there, will wait for that to be made into a movie. Suss my thoughts on the film below, it is released from Sony, it runs for 112mins and it is rated MA15+in Australia. All the best…………JK.

 

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BY JASON KING

No question about it, this movie is stupid, stupid and more stupid. But that was always the goal, made by the guys who made BAD NEIGHBOURS and starring James Franco and Seth Rogan, what are you expecting? It is a racist political (can’t really say satire here) toilet trash movie that, while a few times funny, is really a film that makes fun at the expense of a country and a leader we really know nothing about. Did I laugh? A lot, although the first third and the last third I found funny, the middle third less so. Overall the film is not all that much to get excited about – it is nothing on TEAM AMERICA which I felt was painfully hysterical, I think I nearly choked on popcorn watching that movie because I could not stop laughing :).

Dave Skylark (James Franco) and producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogan) run the celebrity tabloid show “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.

 

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THE INTERVIEW | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | AARON RAPAPORT (SETH ROGAN) AND DAVE SKYLARK (JAMES FRANCO)

 

The film would have been a lot funnier if I was still the stoner of my youth, a lot of the humour is trashy toilet humour and it lacks the satire something like this could have embraced. It does have some moments of hysteria where I was laughing coughing choking – I shall call it loughking – these are of course at the expense of Kim Jong-un, who has a penchant for margaritas and Katy Perry tunes. Most of the humour is pretty forgettable. I actually thought the funniest parts are due to the bromance of Kim and Dave Skylark, with most of Rogan’s jokes falling flat. Oh I do have to mention the opening interviews on SKYLARK TONIGHT – the brief scenes with Rob Lowe and Eminem are gold!

Rogan also co-directed this one and it does not match up to their previous work of BAD NEIGHBOURS (I LOVED IT) and uber stoner film THIS IS THE END. I think if the film released without the international craziness and hacking scandal it would have been much more enjoyable but due to the attention it received it just didn’t live up to its international espionage reputation.

 

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THE INTERVIEW | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | DAVE SKYLARK (JAMES FRANCO) AND KIM JONG-UN (RANDALL PARK) GETTING THEIR BROMANCE ON

 

James Franco owns this movie, he really is a standout and I actually think Skylark is one of his best ott roles. His timing, performance, enthusiasm and energy were all just next level. He was either coking off his nuts or stopped smoking weed for the shoot (even thought it has been claimed he does not smoke pot in real life). I loved him in this. As I did Randall Park, his Kim Jong-un, was so much funnier than I thought, just his accent at times made me crack up. I do not know if I can take him seriously anymore though :). Everyone else was pretty standard, nothing to write home about.

Regardless of this movie, which will one day have a movie made about it and the international incident, it does bring about thoughts of something more important. Hollywood got taken hostage over this movie, well mostly Sony, but it happened and there is no denying it. Whether it was North Korea (unlikely) or an internal hacker (more likely) this incident and how it reported led the world to believe that a movie pissed off a country and that country was threatening action and actually taking it through leaking emails. The world and Obama were commenting on terrorism and censorship – this film will be discussed for a long time in regards to this. For that alone this movie is important, it may also make future filmmakers think about how they satirically show their thoughts on other countries and leaders. Especially in light of the terrorist murders on satirical magazines since this film released.

 

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THE INTERVIEW | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | DAVE SKYLARK (JAMES FRANCO) GETTING HIS TANK ON

 

The ending is gold, somewhat violently splatter worthy and I could see why North Korea might take offence haha. Overall the film is nothing special but if you’re a teenage boy and/or still laugh a lot at cray cray humour when stoned or not this one is for you!!

 

3 Pops