The Interview… Aren’t You Glad They Brought This Back To The Big Screen?

December 25, 2014 0 Comments

And people were glad that they brought this back to the big screen. Apparently, seeing a movie is the new march for Freedom.

And as expected, the film received generally good reviews, not from professional film critics, but average viewers. The International Movie Database gives ‘The Interview’ an 8.9/10 among users, while the more serious and realistic Rotten Tomatoes website gives 69% (average rating 3.7). And this is pretty much why I don’t take the opinions of others regarding films seriously, because its pretty difficult to see why people like incoherent mess of a movie.

The only reason I can understand the public’s approval of this film is due to all of the publicity it got when Sony was ultimately forced to pull the movie from theaters due to cyber terrorism. Now watching the film, and liking it, is considered giving a big middle finger to the North Korean regime. The problem with this narrative is that people actually like it.

I can understand why the North Korean government hated this film, aside from the fact the plot involves two incompetent journalist going undercover to assassinate Kim Jong-Un. The film portrays Jong as a total pansy, who likes listening to Katy Perry, drinking margaritas, playing basketball, rolling around in a fleet full of cars while crying about his unresolved daddy issues and how difficult it is to take over the legacy of your father. And sure, its a comedy and its not mean to be taken seriously. Plenty of writers have made plenty of jokes about Adolf Hitler as well. The problem with this story is that it commits one of the deadliest sins of a comedy: it’s not funny.

And I don’t just mean Kim’s character isn’t funny. The entire cast is devoid of humor, and while watching this nearly two hour film, I probably only laughed three times. Again, the main characters (Seth Rogen & James Franco) play a team of two incompetent journalist on a show called Dave Skylark. If I had to describe it, think of dumb and dumber hosting TMZ or Entertainment Weekly, which is already bankrupt of any journalistic value. But apparently the movie is self-aware because even Aaron (Seth Rogen) is tired of how meaningless their jobs are. Until, one day, Aaron gets the chance of a lifetime and is offered an opportunity to interview the dictator of North Korea. This is where the plot (as well as all the controversy surrounding the film) starts, as Dave and Aaron are then recruited assassinate Kim Jong-Un by CIA agent, Lacey (Lizzy Caplan). And then, everything just gets stupidly annoying from there.

Did I mention that the film had far too many ‘Lord of the Rings’ references? Subliminally, I think the film was trying to get me to tune into watching that instead. Other than that, pretty much everything you need to know about the film could be learned by simply watching the trailer. And believe me, I’ve seen this trailer dozens of times. For a buddy flick, it was difficult to see who were the buddies in this film: Dave & Aaron or Dave and Kim, as Dave and Kim spend an extremely long time with one another on screen. I, for one, believe that was the problem with this film. Seth Rogen and James Franco aren’t a bad pair when teamed up with one another. They’ve had pretty good screenings in films like ‘This Is The End’ and ‘Pineapple Express,’ a film that I really enjoy. It’s really ashamed that neither of these actors could have brought this magic to a film that received so much positive publicity.

There are other critics with their take on the film such as Emily Yoshida from ‘The Verge’ who believes that you’ll be okay if you don’t see ‘The Interview’ on Christmas, the day after Christmas, the holiday weekend, or ever.

If you were going to see The Interview even before the GOP tried to take it away from us, then by all means, get out there and have your fun. If I sound judgy, it’s because I’m judging you: The Interview is a bad movie that trivializes one of the worst ongoing human rights violations on our planet right now, and its distribution, as integral as it is to our First Amendment rights, will change absolutely nothing. Still, I am a little grateful for the early online release today; it means we can get on with our lives that much sooner.

I don’t understand what Emily really expects from a comedy, other than to portray serious issues in a comedic way. My issue with the film isn’t the fact that it trivializes current events. My issue with the film isn’t the fact that it isn’t a fair portrayal of how North Korea is like. My issue with the film is that IT’S NOT FUNNY. And this can be a big problem when you have comedians writing, directing and starring in their own films. The problem occurs when you have funny and smart people who believe that whatever they make up while shooting will be funnier than a well-crafted script. Not to say that everything Seth creates needs to be like Pineapple Express, but ‘The Interview’ isn’t in the same league as previous work.

As for the few things that I did enjoy… Well, Eminem makes a brief cameo in the beginning, and provides a bang up, and yet, unexpected turn of effects for the audience and the Skylark Show. Unfortunately, not even Eminem’s ‘coming out of the closet’ moment was enough for the film. The Interview is hardly the worst thing on film, but was it really worth sabotage a Christmas Day release over? Overall, I would say no.

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