The Interview

The Interview with Seth Rogen and James Franco

The Interview with Seth Rogen and James Franco

The Interview

by Cynthia Kirkeby

Obviously, this Seth Rogen and James Franco film has been in the news, because of the hack attacks against Sony.  The fact that The Interview was pulled from the major chains rubbed me the wrong way.  I suppose I understand the reason the theaters decided not to show the film, however, giving in on this sort of issue is terribly dangerous. Although I am not a fan of this sort of film, I went to see it at the Gardenwalk Theater in Anaheim, which is one of the 300 independent theaters that agreed to screen the film after the big chains wimped out.  I’d like to commend them for stepping in and showing the film, and I’d like to say how disappointed I am in the Regal and Cinemark chains for breaking their contracts and not showing The Interview.

As for the film itself?  The Interview was a slapstick, somewhat crass, comedy.  As I said at the beginning, it’s not my thing.

So, why did everything get so out of control with The Interview? Rogen and Franco built the satirical humor of the film around the extreme personality of Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea. They ridicule him and the way through the film.  Originally the target was Kim Jong-il, but when he passed away during the preproduction of the film, they shifted the satirical attack against his son.

I can’t imagine any country being happy about having a filmmaker target their president, their king, their prime minister, or other leader, especially one as heavy-handed as The Interview. Franco and Rogen really set out to lampoon Kim Jong-un.

In The Interview, Dave Skylark is the host of the talk show Skylark Tonight. On the show, they interview all sorts of celebrities. During their 1,000th episode, they discover that Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show, prompting the show’s producer Aaron Rapoport to arrange to send them to Korea to do an interview.

The next day, Agent Lacey from the CIA comes to tell Dave and Aaron that she wants them to “take him out” and she doesn’t mean to dinner.  Agent Lacey wants Dave to assassinate Kim using a poison that will kill him via a handshake, triggering a coup d’état.  Dave and Aaron agree, and from there the audience goes on a journey to North Korea that is slapstick, silly, crass, and oftentimes down-right stupid.

I’m not fond of films with a lot of belching, farting, and potty humor, and this film is full of it; in more ways than one. So, I’ll leave the review at this point, and say I’m glad that I supported the film because I hated the fact that it was being pulled from theaters because of threats.  However, if The Interview had been a normally released film, I would have skipped it.


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