Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Pineapple Express 2
Controversial, controversial. We all learned quite recently that Sony decided to pull the plug on releasing The Interview in theaters because of a terrorist threat from North Korea (which were also behind the infamous Sony Hack as of recent. The news that they cancelled the release of the film really called a stir because we don’t negotiate with terrorists…we certainly aren’t supposed to react to them like that either. So a few days later, we get the movie on demand anyways…and I watched it as soon as I could to see what all the fuss was about. Well it’s kind of ironic. Kim Jung Un doesn’t want to look bad, so he temporarily delays the release – and as soon as they find a loophole and release it anyway – even MORE people watch it – which makes him look even worse. Oh, Kim. Kim, Kim, Kim.
The Interview is about an entertainment journalist by the name of Dave Skylark (James Franco). Think of him as a sort of Ryan Seacrest character. Not a lot of people take his work seriously, as it’s typically the unimportant, funny celebrity stories. As it turns out, Kim Jung Un is a huge fan of the show, so Dave gets the opportunity to interview him. So he takes his producer Aaron (Seth Rogen) along on the trip. Before the big meet, the CIA meets with them and tells them to kill the leader of North Korea – to which they end up agreeing with.
Was this the best comedy of the year? No. Was it absolutely amazing? No also. The whole questionability of the controversy certainly helped make this movie memorable, but as a movie on its own, I found it more or less typical from these two stoner buddies. It’s like a sequel to The Pineapple Express. The guys have this over-the-top, unbelievable adventure because – why the heck not? They do what they want and they don’t care who they offend because they just want to have fun – well I say let them. However, I do have to say that there are some very effective jokes in the film, primarily on the over-the-top physical humor and violence. You can kind of guess what’s going to happen throughout the film…but the road there is always fun with these guys.
It’s really their chemistry that they’ve built through the years that works the best with them. Seth Rogen is clearly just Seth Rogen in the movie and that’s awesome. Who cares if it’s typical, it works for him. But this is where it gets tricky for me. I wasn’t the biggest fan of James Franco in the movie – he was overly stupid throughout the entire thing. So much so that it entered the realm of disbelief and it ultimately took you out of the experience. I like them working together, but Franco was all over the place here – and not in the best way. At the same time, all of the tiny cameos throughout the film are absolutely hysterical. You have to see it to understand.
Again, though. Kim Jung Un was asking for humiliation. Sure, the film paints a bad picture of him, but it’s a fictitious film – he made it even more real when he shut down the theatrical release. Which is exactly what the fictional version of himself would have done in the movie itself. It’s so ironic, but yet so, so just in some unexplainable way. For that, it’s hard not to like.
This is a pretty decent addition to the growing R-rated comedies by Rogen and Franco. It has a lot of great physical humor as well as your basic crude jokes they often play a part of. The whole controversy accompanying the movie made this more memorable than I think it would have originally been.
It’s far from perfect. Not all of the jokes work and most of it is predictable. James Franco’s entire personality in the film is a little off-putting and reminds you more of the annoying traits of Dave Franco rather than James.