Free speech is something everybody want’s but often fails to understand how far is too far. The best example of this are Facebook and YouTube where people post many of their thoughts. And I’m not talking about interests like movies or vacation spots. People will go out of their way to say their thoughts on politics, religion, race and say anything without regard who they may hurt. This ideology will continue for a while until these website implement privacy and security changes that will probably result in people complaining again. The only way to correct this matter is that the people online are going to have to change and not the comment boxes.
Today’s movie The Interview is a sendup to most things free speech related. The cyber attack on Sony has left the company is a state of chaos with the so-called “Guardians of Piece” denouncing the movie as something that could piss off North Korea enough to nuke us. The cancellation of the film really pissed me off as this is going to give terrorists the idea that America is willing to give in to their demands. Well I’m not going to stoop to their terror and I managed to catch The Interview without a problem, so let’s see if it’s worth the free press North Korea has been giving it.
Dave Skylark (played by James Franco), a television reporter, and Aaron Rapoport (played by Seth Rogan), Skylark’s producer, are best friends who have gone out of their way to assure that their show is a hit with their audience whether its getting rapper Eminem is gay or that Rob Lowe is bald. Though despite hitting over a thousand episodes, Rapoport feels like that he could do more then celebrity tabloids. That all changed when Skylark finds out that North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (played by Randall Park) is a fan of the talk show.
Skylark and Rapoport agree to at least try and secure an interview with the highly reclusive leader. Rapaport is called to China to meet with Kim Jong-un’s propagandist, Sook who says that an interview is doable, but they have to do things North Korea’s way. The pair know that getting this interview is more important then the content, so they set the date, but the government may want a favor from them. They are visited by CIA Agent Lacey (played by Lizzy Caplan) who asks that the two assassinate Kim Jong-un while their there. They agree to that to and make their way over to North Korea to ready their mission.
If you’ve seen This is the End, then you know exactly what kind of movie The Interview is going to be. It’s silly, stupid and crazy. Of couse Kim Jong-un is not going to like this movie but I did. Seth Rogan and Even Goldberg again have taken the directors chairs and I admire them not just for the jokes, but with how everything looks. What got me a lot was with how the design of the land recreates the North Korean landscape very well.
Seth Rogan and James Franco are obviously best friends in real life because you cannot develop this kind of chemistry in a few days. Though they are playing separate characters, their basically playing exaggerated versions of themselves. They really ham up the movie (though maybe a little too much) in an environment that really needs it. Is it as funny as This is the End? No, but The Interview is a better then I thought movie. It’s certainly no political changer, but I got what I wanted; a silly Seth Rogan movie.
I’ll give this four and a half North Korea propaganda images out of five. I’m sure people are going to try their hardest to watch The Interview, though I plead for you to try finding this in theaters. Don’t you want to make Kim Jong-un happy?