Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The Interview Movie Review

Seth Rogen and James Franco (r) star in The Interview

The Interview: No Comment

Rotten Tomatoes Plot: In the action-comedy The Interview, Dave Skylark (James Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show "Skylark Tonight." When they discover that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un (Randall Park) is a fan of the show, they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. As Dave and Aaron prepare to travel to Pyongyang, their plans change when the CIA recruits them, perhaps the two least-qualified men imaginable, to assassinate Kim Jong-un.

Much ado about nothing. Controversies aside, The Interview is a terrible movie. Flatulence jokes? Check. Anti-Semitism? Check. Random, senseless violence? Check. Rogen bores as Franco's straight man, while the latter runs wild (bad direction) with dumb lines like, "Dave Skylark never backs down from a jerk-off," and, "You got fucked by RoboCop dude!" Park is funny, as is Franco (occasionally) especially when he reminds us, "This is 2014: Women are smart now," but not enough to distract us from The Interview's countless negatives (ahem... Lizzy Caplan.) I'm not in favor of censorship; but in this case, I'd make an exception.