Saturday, January 31, 2015

MINI-REVIEW: The Interview

The Interview

James Franco, Seth Rogen


December 24, 2014 (VOD)
December 25, 2014 (LIMITED)

Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg

Columbia Pictures

1 hour 52 minutes



It's pretty easy to see why North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un got pissed off when Sony announced their plans to release a Seth Rogen comedy fictionalizing his assassination.  Why this film even got financed is something of a mystery, but I'm not going to lie: I'm sure as hell happy that this movie got made.  Written by first-time screenwriter Dan Sterling based off a story he conceived with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, "The Interview" is a tasteless, absurd, and raunchy comedy that just happens to touch on one of the most controversial topics/people of the 21st century.  Could Rogen and Goldberg have changed the name of the leader and the location of the country the leader resides in?  Absolutely, and had that been done there most likely wouldn't have been as much controversy as there is now.

Having said that, I really don't think that this, of all films, is something that should be called an "act of war" by the North Korean government.  But hey, if that gets people to "taste this forbidden fruit," then I'm sure as hell happy about it.  As a bit of caution for those curious people who want to see this because of the controversy, let me break this down for you: If you're not a fan of Seth Rogen's brand of humor, then I highly doubt "The Interview" will make you change your views on his films.  If you are a fan, though, then I can guarantee you will have a good time with this.  Me personally, I had a blast watching this comedy.

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