Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Interview: A Study in Foreign Affairs

Hello People of the Interwebs!

Today's review is of a movie which allegedly caused Sony to be hacked, and much angst within the media, which did all the publicity for the film, for free! That's right, it's 'The Interview'!

Image Credit to IMDb

WARNING: Spoilers Ahead!

The story follows a television "journalist" Dave Skylark, who mainly reports on pointless celebrity stuff. However, his Producer, Aaron Rapaport, wants them to do more serious stuff, like presidential interviews and whatnot. Dave agrees, somewhat reluctantly. Dave then finds out that Kim Jong-Un, the Supreme Leader of The People's Republic of North Korea, is a fan of his news show. They decide to interview Kim Jong-Un, and announce it on air. The CIA decides to use this opportunity to have Dave and Aaron assassinate Kim Jong-Un. Once they get to North Korea, Dave and Kim Jong-Un hit it off, and start hanging out regularly. Everything else is a wild ride of honey-potting, guns, explosions, betrayal, and hilarity. The writing is silly and cheesy, and has many unexpected twists and turns.

James Franco and Seth Rogen. These two men are phenomenal together. They work so well off each other, and even without the other, they are still hilarious. James Franco plays Dave Skylark, and Seth Rogen plays Aaron Rapaport. Lizzy Caplan (yes, the one from Mean Girls) plays Agent Lacey, who is the one who runs the operation to kill Kim Jong-Un. She puts Dave Skylark in his place many times, and does it with grace and humor. Sook Yin-Pa (Aaron's love interest) was played by Diana Bang, and she brings a femme-fatale feel to the character, but without over glorifying sex. Kim Jong-Un was played by Randall Park. He was probably one of my favorite characters.

Wait, what? Yes, that's right. Kim Jong-Un was one of my favorite characters. The way that Randall Park played him was beautifully done. His violence and desire to destroy America is based on him trying to show that he is worthy of his father's position. His father never showed him approval, and made him feel powerless and lonely. The moments of emotion are perfectly done, which helps to turn the violent moments into moments where you feel bad for Kim Jong-Un. (At some point, you might feel conflicted about what a win might look like.) And during the final confrontation, as Kim Jong-Un faces the very real possibility of his own imminent demise, the pain and sadness shows exceptionally well.

This film is silly, stupid, cheesy, and hilarious. The acting is the best part of it, since the acting is subtle, which provides a nice contrast to the in your face-ness of the writing, sets, and action. It's a great movie for if you just want a late night laugh.

This is the Teenage Critic, signing off!

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