Review : The Interview (2014/R)

Wait your saying, isn’t this a very currently released movie (well very current as of this writing) doesn’t this violate the mission statement about being forever stuck in 1987? Yes your correct, however we’re supporters of free speech (and for once it wasn’t the MPAA’s fault when came to free speech.) So let’s see what all the fuss is about and review The Interview. First off, we think nothing will top Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg’s original screenplay that is the 2007 comedy Superbad. Yes in the credits of this film they didn’t write the screenplay but they did direct it and got a story by credit, so this is basically their movie. James Franco as TV personality Sklyark, seemes to sway between man child and first class interviewer.  That is one aspect where the film dropped the ball, yes this is a comedy and not high art, but constant character development is critical to make story work. Also the fuss about this film was over nothing, sure it’s topical right now, but will it still be topical a year or five years from now? Look at a film like Hot Shots Part Duex, it was topical when released in 1993 with Iraq and mid-east jokes and references, but in 1999 it seemed dated. However due to the political climate it became relevant again in 2003, but watching today it would feel dated. In our opinion, the humor and story would have been flawless if it was more like the film MASH, which is about war but doesn’t age. The Interview should have been about the leader of a nation but not a real one, it’s the satire and parody which is what makes the comedy funny and makes a story timeless. The other complaint is that it felt like the toilet humor and raunchiness were shoehorned in which gave the story an uneven feel. That type of humor works for a stoner movie which Rogan and Goldberg are known for, but here seems to dilute the main message and goal of the story being told. Bottom line do see it because it’s free speech, but don’t expect high art or a biting political satire.

On a scale of 1.0 to 5.9 it got a 4.0 out of 5.9


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