Flash Movie Review: The Interview

The sign in the window that said, “Lost Our Lease” Sale, was what caught your eye. It was just enough of a catalyst to drive you straight through the store’s double doors. I know because I have had the same thing happen to me. The assumption is the prices have all been marked way down to move the products out of the store, lowering the moving costs for the retail establishment’s relocation. If you are like me, you wind up buying stuff just because it is a perceived bargain. Who knew you were peeling potatoes the wrong way all these years; you now had this contraption where the potato would be placed on a skewer and you would turn a handle to make the potato twirl around, while a fine thin blade sliced the peel off the potato. It really did not do a better job than your old handheld potato peeler, but now you had more things to clean up. What did upset you was discovering the store never closed; it signed a new long term lease. So for all the hype there was nothing really satisfying to show for it. Β  Β THISΒ is how I felt after running like a crazy person to go see this “controversial” comedy. Let me start by saying Sony Pictures got the largest holiday gift they could have ever gotten–free publicity. With newscasters talking about the cyber-hacking of Sony Pictures, the online threats if this movie was released, the pulling of the film then the smaller release of it; there was news about this picture every single day. If none of this had taken place this movie would have, in my opinion, had a decent opening before fading into the background. Seth Rogen (This is the End, Pineapple Express) played television producer Aaron Rapaport for talk show host Dave Skylark, played by James Franco (Howl, 127 Hours). Discovering North Korean President Kim Jong-un, played by Randall Park (Larry Crowne, Neighbors), was a big fan lead the 2 men to land an exclusive interview with the president. However, the CIA had other plans for them. I honestly do not understand how of all things this film’s story became the biggest focus regarding the hacking of Sony. It turned out the movie trailer showed the highlights because I found most of the humor to be crude and repetitive. The story was a crazy idea that lent itself to becoming a fun satire; there were a couple of parts where I chuckled. Overall this action film was no big deal. I have seen harsher satirical treatments done of Kim Jong-un on television. Without a doubt this whole episode was a marketer’s dream; it almost makes one wonder if the hackers were getting a kickback for all the free publicity.

 

2 stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on December 30, 2014, in Comedy and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. so this is what all the fuss is about. Happy New Year!

  2. My aim is never to see this movie… Your review makes that feel even clearer!

  3. Great post πŸ™‚
    Its like when you tell little kids that a particular thing is off-limits and they just end up wanting it THAT much more. I think that’s what happened here >_<
    Happy new year πŸ™‚

    • Yes that is exactly right regarding kids and things that are off limits. Thank you for stopping by to leave your comments and I wish you and yours a happy, healthy new year as well.

  4. Thanks for your review of The Interview. I doubt that we will see it!! Happy New Year to you and your family!!! Art & Myra

  5. I’m not a fan of Seth Rogen finding most of his time on screen to be crude and repetitive but I enjoyed your review. It made me chuckle as I read over what I already suspected of the over hyped film.

  6. You were kind with your review. This film was painfully infantile at best, needlessly moronic at worst. Of all the things that could be said about the madness that leads North Korea, I have to say that Kim Jong-un had every right to be incensed, for the same reason our latest Prez. would have every right to be incensed if North Korea made a movie about him in a clown suit with puppet strings singing “Mammy.”

    I’m pleased to find your sight and just became a reader. πŸ™‚

    • It is wonderful meeting a fellow movie lover. And thanks for taking the time to share your comments. I tend to agree about a movie being made about any political figure, but if the evidence does show one country taking action against another with threats I have a hard time to understand it. In my mind the bottom line is this: it is simply a movie. Once again thank you for your comments.

  7. Thank you for this review and the trailer, it has the feel of junk!!!!!!

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