Have you ever wondered what would happen, if you take comedy duo Seth Rogan and James Franco and have them go toe-to-toe with North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jung-Un? Well, there’s no need to worry because the writers (Seth Rogan, Evan Goldberg and Dan Sterling) of 2014’s action, adventure, comedy The Interview has made a film about it. Unfortunately if you’re anything like myself, and you know certain facts about the real life dictator, you may get some mixed feelings about having a few little laughs for this movie.
Producer Aaron Rapaport (Seth Rogan) and TV host Dave Skylark (James Franco) are living on cloud nine after reaching their astounding number of 1000 episodes on their celebrity insider show “ Skylark Tonight” (think TMZ). It’s during a surprise party thrown by Dave, that Aaron runs into an old college graduate Jake, a producer at 60 minutes, and learns that he isn’t taken serious in the world of televised journalism.
“I report real news. You know, stuff that matters. You report on all the cool: Who’s getting new boobs? And the fun eating disorder stuff.”Jake telling Aaron the difference of their jobs.
This of course gets Aaron thinking about the news he’s been producing for the last decade, and decides he wants to produce more serious news. With Dave fearing that Aaron will leave to do something else, he eagerly accepts the change.
During Aaron and Dave’s 1000th episode party of the rebranding of Skylark Tonight that Supreme Leader Kim Jung-Un (Randall Park) has been making media headlines with North Korea testing nuclear missiles to perhaps someday attack the United States. It’s here that Aaron and Dave find out that Kim Jung-Un has a soft spot for some of America’s televised shows like the Big Bang Theory and Skylark Tonight.
Aaron and Dave set out to do the impossible by setting up an interview with one of the world‘s most dangerous leaders, Kim Jung-Un. It’s in three weeks time that Aaron and Dave secure an interview, then publicly announce that they will travel to the “Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.”
Enter Agent Lacey (Lizzy Caplan) of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) as she tries to recruit Aaron and Dave to assassinate Kim Jung-Un by a lethal poison that needs to be injected by a simple handshake.
“The CIA would love it you two could… Take him out.”Agent Lacey
Aaron and Dave head to North Korea with two main objectives. To get an interview of a lifetime, and to kill the Supreme Leader. Their plan doesn’t go exactly as expected. Upon arrival, the boys are met with a beautiful country and lively atmosphere. Something that is far off from what the American government had been telling them. Could it be possible that Kim Jung-Un is actually a great leader?
Following the success of Pineapple Express and This Is The End, The Interview had a promising foundation of talented actors to make this film a laugh out loud sensation and overall good time. However, in this budding action packed comedy, I felt I wasn’t able to see past my personal knowledge of the dictator that has caused cruelty and murder to his own people for the personal gain for power. Even though The Interview takes a stab at portraying Kim Jung-Un as a wannabe gangster that has some severe daddy issues, it still finds a way to glorify the actions of this tyrant.
I’ll admit it, I loved Seth Rogen in the remake of Green Hornet and The Neighbors. Mainly because I felt the characters he portrayed had more depth. Here Rogen’s character, Aaron, left me feeling disconnected. Which made the comedic jokes flat.
As for James Franco’s character, Dave, I wasn’t impressed and found myself bored with him all together. I get that Dave was supposed to be over the top and dim witted, but it also felt a bit too much.
Where The Interview did shine was with Randall Park and the amazing performance he did as Kim Jung-Un. Not only was he most of the comedic relief, but Park’s portrayal was eerily spot on. That being said, The Interview was an mediocre film that took North Korea’s misfortunes of being run by crazed lunatic and tried to make it into a comedy.
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