The Interview

Rated: R

        I’d like to tell you about the now infamous movie The Interview. I had no desire what so ever to see this movie. I knew it was going to be ridiculous and that many of the jokes were probably done in bad taste. And then the hubbub started. The North Koreans hacked Sony and supposedly leaked the movie and threatened war if it was released in theaters, after which Sony pulled it. What followed seemed to be a nation- wide outcry in the name of free speech and freedom of expression. Sony then went ahead with the release of the movie both in theaters and on-demand. All of this (as you know) was a top story on the news for a while. I remember seeing people being interviewed waiting in line to see the movie. They kept saying that it was their patriotic duty to support the film and things like that. I didn’t feel that it was my patriotic duty to see it, or that free speech would die if I didn’t see it. It was more curiosity than anything else. I just wanted to see what all the fuss was about.
        For those of you that don’t know,
The Interview is the story of Dave Skylark and his producer Aaron Rapoport. Skylark is the star of a popular television show in which he interviews celebrities. It turns out that Kim Jong-Un is a huge fan of the show and he invites Skylark and Rapoport to North Korea to interview him. The CIA gets wind of the impending interview and recruits the two to assassinate the dictator. The question then becomes can these idiots really pull off such an elaborate scheme?
        Being armed with the knowledge that this movie was going to be ridiculous and that many of the jokes were going to be in poor taste didn’t fully prepare me for the complete and utter garbage that I saw. Many are calling it a frat house comedy, but I think it’s even lower than that. I think it’s more of an elementary school comedy, since there were so many poop, pee and fart jokes. Seth Rogan and James Franco took low-brow to a whole new level with this one. Franco added a level of obnoxious and annoying I haven’t seen in any movie ever. I’m not sure if Rogan cast him in the lead role because he’s out of work or if it’s just because they’re friends; but either way this movie would’ve been far more tolerable without him. Overall I think I would’ve been better off saving the $5.99 it cost me to see it. Anything I spent that money on would’ve been better than this movie!
        In the end
The Interview left me with only one question: Really?

The Interview is rated R, was written and directed by Seth Rogan and stars Seth Rogan and James Franco. It’s available now on Blu Ray, DVD and digital download.