The Interview(2014)A review by Shlomoh Sherman
January 12, 2015
The Interview (2014)
Directors: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen
Writers: Dan Sterling (screenplay), Seth Rogen (story)
Stars: James Franco, Seth Rogen, Randall Park
Plot: 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.
Plot Keywords: assassination attempt | exploding helicopter - finger bitten off - dictator - crushed to death
Genres: Action - Comedy
Motion Picture Rating (MPAA):
Rated R for pervasive language, crude and sexual humor, nudity, some drug use and bloody violence
Language: English - Korean
Release Date: December 24, 2014 (USA)
Also Known As: A Entrevista
Filming Locations: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Opening Weekend: $1,085,515 (USA) (January 2, 2015)
Gross: $4,960,726 (USA) (January 2, 2015)
Production Co: Columbia Pictures, LStar Capital, Point Grey Pictures
Runtime: 112 min
Sound Mix: SDDS - Datasat - Dolby Digital
The Interview editors say 'there was absolutely no censorship' - January 10, 2015 12:35 PM, EST - EW - Inside Movies
I don't know if you are aware that Kim Jong-un neither pees nor poops, and that he can converse with dolphins. I certainly didn't know that before I saw THE INTERVIEW. It was worth it to see the movie just to find out those interesting facts. But the bonus is that the movie is really funny.
I know some reviewers have panned THE INTERVIEW as being stupid and sophmoric. What these guys don't get is that the sheer slapstick comedy that runs through the film is supposed to appeal to the teenager in us. Saying that THE INTERVIEW is stupid and sophmoric amounts to giving the same criticism to the Marx Brothers movies. Yes, the Marx Brothers were not everyone's cup of tea and THE INTERVEW certainly won't be either. But that's ok. I and the two friends with whom I watched the film laughed our asses off. To tell you the truth, now we are the same as Kim Jong-un. With no asses it's hard to poop.
By now, everyone knows the main theme of the story; TV personality, Dave Skylark and his producer Aaron Rapoport, are invited to North Korea to interview the dictator, Kim Jong-un, and when the CIA discovers this fact, the two are recruited to kill the dictator. But that's about all the general public who have not seen the movie know.
Kim Jong-un happens to be a big fan of Dave Skylark, host of the interview show known as "SKYLARK TONIGHT," and Kim can't wait to be interviewed and have the interview shown on American TV so that America and the world will know that he is not such a bad guy as everyone seems to think. Of course the interviewer is not supposed to ask about him killing his uncle or enslaving the North Korean people and making their lives miserable.
Then when the two arrive in Pyongyang, and they finally get to meet Kim, the story takes an ironic twist. Kim turns on the charm with Skylark. Obviously doing as much research as he can about Skylark, Kim engages him in talks about all the things that Skylark loves, including movies, music and sex. Ultimately Skylark is taken in by these antics and tells Rapoport that he cannot go through with the killing of such a jovial, good natured, and misunderstood fellow like Kim.
For his part, Rapoport is not taken in by Kim at all, and insists that Kim has to be killed for the good of the North Korean people and for the good of mankind. In the meantime, Rapoport has fallen for Sook, Kim's chief of security, played by the unbelievably beautiful actress, Diana Bang. Against her will, Sook is also captivated by Rapoport and attracted to him. Sook reveals to Rapoport that Kim indeed is toying with Skylark and treating him not kindly, but like a fool.
Now both Sook and Rapoport have to make Skylark see the real Kim and his contempt for people, and the madness of his own self-love. How they do this I leave for you to see. The clever and funny writing of Seth Rogen make it worth it.
You may like it or not. You may not laugh your ass off, or maybe just one cheek, but laugh you will at the utter over the top ridiculousness of the situations that all the characters ecounter in this farce.
Kudos to James Franco whom we have seen in many wonderful roles including two fairly old movies that many may not remember, BUFFALO66 and CITY BY THE SEA, not to mention the re4cent 127 HOURS.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Franco ... Dave Skylark
Seth Rogen ... Aaron Rapaport
Lizzy Caplan ... Agent Lacey
Randall Park ... President Kim
Diana Bang ... Sook
Timothy Simons ... Malcolm
Reese Alexander ... Agent Botwin
James Yi ... Officer Koh
Paul Bae ... Officer Yu
Geoff Gustafson ... Cole
Dominique Lalonde ... Jackie
Anesha Bailey ... Janet
Anders Holm ... Jake
Charles Rahi Chun ... General Jong
Don Chow ... Two-Fingered Man
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