‘The Interview’ Review

By Eli Ralston

 The Interview has quickly become one of the most controversial films in recent memory with the news of the Sony hack and the film being pulled from all theaters due to terrorist threats. I would just like to note that I will be reviewing this film sole based on the content of the film. I will be ignoring all of the controversy surrounding the film before it was eventually released in some theaters and online. The Interview is a pretty decent comedy, is constantly funny, and is a good ride for anyone who is a fan of Rogen/Franco movies.

     The film stars Seth Rogen and James Franco as Aaron Rapaport and Dave Skylark, who run a celebrity gossip show titled Skylark Tonight, which reveals the deep secrets of some of the more famous people in Hollywood. Aaron becomes unhappy with being just a gossip show and wants to do some serious news stories. The pair discovers that the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Un (Randall Park), is a massive fan of the show and they snag an interview with the dictator. They are then approached by CIA agent Lacey (Lizzy Caplan) with a mission to assassinate the leader.

From the very beginning of the film you can really tell the similarities of humor between this film and Rogen’s previous film This is the End, from using actual celebrities like Eminem in situations you wouldn’t expect them in to the sometimes offensive, childish but hilarious humor. The film is pretty hilarious from the beginning scene of a North Korean schoolgirl singing about how America should be destroyed to some of the great humor between David Skylark and Kim Jong Un, the film doesn’t fail to keep the audience laughing.

James Franco and Seth Rogen in ‘The Interview’
     The bromance going on between Franco and Rogen is just as strong as ever as they continue their streak of being a perfect screen duo in whatever film they are in. Every scene with the two of them together is funny and well-acted by the pair. But the actual relationship between Skylar and Un is one of the most interesting in the film. As we see the film actually humanize the North Korean dictator and we actually have the audience honeypotted into almost feeling sorry for Un. Obviously this is changed by the end of the film as we see his true intentions, but it was still interesting to see that take on it.

While there is some strong humor in the film, there are still the childish sophomoric comedic moments, especially involving any moment with a strong female character being hyper-sexualized, but what could you expect with a film full of penis and fart jokes. For example, they could have made Sook (Diana Bang) a more complicated character. But the main target of the film is Kim Jong Un, who is obviously made a fool of in the film. But in a nice change of pace, the film interestingly mocks the United States government and the media along with North Korea, so no one is safe.

Although The Interview isn’t going to go down in history as one of the greatest political satires ever, it’s still going to be well remembered for the controversy surrounding it. The Interview is a very clever comedy that pokes fun at one of the world’s most dangerous dictators. It may not be as funny as This is the End, but any fans of Rogen and Franco will certainly get a kick out of it.