Movie Review: The Interview

Movie Review: The Interview

Last night, Cuski and I decided to watch The Interview. Would it live up to the hype? Should it have been banned? Do I regret spending the $8 to rent it from Telus? You’ll soon find out…

The Interview is about talk show host David Skylark (James Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) attaining the unattainable… an exclusive interview with the “Supreme Leader” of North Korea Kim Jong-Un (Randall Park). The CIA finds out and recruits Skylark and Rapoport to “take him out”… and they don’t mean to dinner.

Without mentioning any spoilers, I want to say that I thought it was really funny, at times gross, but the situation was still humorous. I can see how some people can find it stupid, because it is… but you have to watch this with a grain of salt. It shouldn’t have been banned from theatres upon release, because the satire is on par with other films that didn’t cause this much controversy (and threats). People just need to loosen up! 😛 One thing I didn’t like about the movie was Franco’s character. His personality was a little over the top and annoying at times, so much that I wish he’d shut up once in a while. Another thing I loved about the movie was that it was filmed here! I recognized a bunch of locations in the movie. Vancity Buzz posted a list of the filming locations if you’re curious. (Warning: there are spoilers in the Vancity Buzz link.) Supporting the local film industry sounds good to me!

This movie isn’t for everyone, but if you like satirical humour like myself (and the occasional silly no-brainer movies) check this movie out. When it comes out on Blu-Ray, it will most likely be a part of my collection.

Have you seen The Interview? What did you think?