The Less Desirables Movie of the Week brought to you by a/perture Cinema, is The Interview. This is the film that I truly feel was turned into a gimmick by means of a controversy. I also wonder if the controversy wasn’t also faked, even though Sony went through a lot of real-life trouble to make it so, if that is the case. So, truly it’s only conjecture on my part but the gimmick wasn’t, intentionally or not, it became a marketing ploy. Anywhat! The synopsis goes as follows: Dave Skylark and producer Aaron Rapoport run the celebrity tabloid show, “Skylark Tonight.” When they land an interview with a surprise fan, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, they are recruited by the CIA to turn their trip to Pyongyang into an assassination mission.
I was skeptical about the film, well because of James Franco. I know Rogen gets a bad rap but when he’s the sidekick, he’s usually pretty funny. When he has to carry the film, not so much. In this case he was actually decent and somewhat funny. Back to James Franco. I think the over/under acting job he did on the Spider-Man franchise ruined me on him. I’ve not seen anything else by him because of it, until now. The bumbling, ego maniacal character that I believe Franco to be in real life comes through here, but you know what? It works. The film was funny. Was it roll on the floor or bust out loud funny? Not really. Randall Park who plays President Kim was the let down for me. I liked the statirical portrayal of Kim but the actor didn’t do a very good job. Lizzy Caplan was hot, indeed but not as hot as Diana Bang’s character, Sook, Kim’s security chief. The story line was cheesy and campy but not overwrought and it didn’t take a lot of cerebral power to get it. Somewhat predictable but I don’t feel you should always have to be challenged mentally to enjoy a film.
Also, back to the gimmick, for a second: knowing those involved (Rogen and Franco), I figured the studio made a decision that they knew they had truly made a turd and wanted to bring as much attention as possible to it. Once I saw it and saw that it wasn’t a true turd, just K-R-A-F-T in content, I knew that was an unfair assessment. Gimmicky, yes, a turd, no.
It was directed by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen. I saw it on Netflix and I rate it 3.5 Stars. I recommend that you watch it on a slow day, either keep a clear mind or load up on your favorite libation (or otherwise) and know that you can be entertained without having to be lucid but it also doesn’t hinder. Let me know your thoughts on it and send me some recommendations for The Less Desirables Movie of the Week.
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“They hate us because they ain’t us!” – Dave Skylark (James Franco), The Interview (2014)