So, we all know what happened here. It felt like mere moments after the poster for the controversial ‘The Interview’ was released, North Korea declared war on The United States. Not quite literally, but pretty much. Kim Jong-un made it pretty clear that he was NOT happy about being the subject of an assassination flick, and he stated that if the film were released, he would see this as an act of war. Then there was the Sony hack, which appears to have something to do with North Korea as well, and threats to recreate the atrocities of 9/11 on any theater that dares play the film.
Then Sony pulled it, got a LOT of flak for it, decided to back out of the hole they jumped into and released it anyway, and now the world thinks the whole thing was a ploy to pump up interest in the film.
Who cares, just see the movie because it’s HILARIOUS!
So, like any film with this much attention heaped all over it because of so-called controversy, there are bound to be people who just don’t think it lives up. There is so much hype and expectations here thanks to all the attention it received. Is it the best comedy of the year? No. In fact, Rogen’s ‘Neighbors’, which was released earlier in the year (to zero controversy whatsoever), was funnier, as a whole, but MY GOD does ‘The Interview’ understands its audience, its purpose and its intentions so well. Should they have changed the name of the antagonist here? Who cares! I don’t. I mean, sure, it would have possibly lessened the controversy and the ‘hard feelings’, but seriously, it would have been the same thing, and daring to ‘go there’ makes me respect this film all the more.
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Everyone knows the plot; a celebrity interviewer, Dave Skylark, working on a shameless television show that is seen as a joke more than anything else and his producer, Aaron Rapoport, get the opportunity of their careers when it us uncovered that Kim Jong-un LOVES their show. Next thing they know, they’re flying to North Korea to conduct a scripted interview with the most hated man in the world (like, for real), but they have extra baggage (in the wrong baggage) in the form of poison intended for Kim Jong-un. Yep, before leaving for their ‘interview’, they are approached and cohersed into agreeing to assassinate Kim. Once they arrive, things get murky, with lots of honeypotting going on (I think I’m in love with this phrase now), and soon Dave is practically besties with Kim and Aaron finds himself the only straight man intent on finishing the mission.
There have been so many critics and bloggers attacking this film for its idea of humor, saying that it is misogynistic and homophobic, but in all honesty, I saw none of that. I thought that the obvious jokes with regards to sex and sexual orientation were well played and innocent in nature and not a single one felt like a jab or an ill directed comment. I mean, it’s a comedy people, and comedies work best when they are allowed to poke fun at the world we live in, exposing it in a way for the ridiculousness that it is. Besides, Rogen and Franco (and the rest of their ‘crew’) have made a habit out of developing and perfecting this kind of humor. Franco, especially, is comfortable enough with himself to poke fun at his own persona (so great in ‘This is the End’) and so this felt like an extension of that.
Also, he’s never been funnier, like, for real.
This ensemble is pretty awesome. Rogen continues his shtick, and it works, and Caplan (who I didn’t even recognize), vamps it up well, but really this is the Franco/Park show and they make this film so incredibly watchable, likable and quotable. Such a brilliant duo. They work off one another magically, with Park exceeding any expectations I could have had for his ‘character’ in that final interview (like, comedic perfection), giving me one of the greatest cinematic moments of 2014.
|Duo of the year? Probably!|
The way that Kim’s persona is given such ‘sides’ and the clever way that the North Korean government and the people who are oppressed by it are portrayed gives this film a great sense of realism despite the audacity. Like, we are laughing at another person’s very real pain, and yet I don’t feel that bad about it.
Nor should I.
SPOILER, Kim Jong-un dies, so, like, if I were him I’d be pissed too, but I’m not him, and I laughed my butt off, so yay for me!
I've been in a really good mood with grades today, and why change that now. A!!!!! Like, come on people...this shit is funny!