Sunday, 1 February 2015

The Interview

Dave Skylark and producer Aaron Rapoport run the celebrity tabloid show "Skylark Tonight". When they land an interview with a surprise fan, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, they are recruited by the CIA to turn their trip to Pyongyang into an assassination mission.

The Interview is directed by Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen and stars Seth Rogen and James Franco. A huge controversy has been surrounding this film: a comedy movie... with Seth Rogen... Pushing that aside because I'm not here for the controversy. Firstly the best thing about this film is the chemistry between Seth Rogen and James Franco, they're good together, the contrast between the two of them is great as it establishes the movie from the beginning. James Franco knocks out of the part, he may be the funniest I've ever seen him in a movie. He plays a genuinely hilarious idiot in this film, he doesn't have a shred of common sense, he basically acts pretty much like his brother Dave Franco (sorry Dave). Plus, the first act of the movie is pretty funny, then in the middle it gets a little bit less funny with all the CIA/espionage things which were not as entertaining as they actually are; but towards the third act it definitely picks up and becomes more funny again. The writing is really clever and self aware, that's probably why it works so well for the major part of the movie. Moreover this film goes after the US and Korea but also and in my opinion most importantly after the media, depicting a kind of social satire of what headlines are made of; characterise by the opening few scenes with a couple of cameos to back that up. Unfortunately nowadays that's what we see everyday scrolling through the news. This is honestly the only thing this movie "attacks" in my eyes.

Overall Seth Rogen and James Franco are fantastic together, the comedy is there for a large part, in fact I laughed a lot in this movie. It's surrounded by a completely unnecessary controversy.

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