The “controversial” movie that might have started WWIII if released in theaters, has been available on-demand for some time now. I finally got the chance to watch it a couple of times on Netflix recently, and even though it’s a pretty stupid movie, it’s very enjoyable.
Obviously I would not have watched ‘The Interview’ twice if I didn’t laugh at it the first time. Starring James Franco and Seth Rogen, ‘The Interview’ sees the two of them on a secret mission (as journalists) to assassinate Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
The first time I saw the trailer for this during the summer, I laughed, but then I immediately thought, “Wow that’s pretty bold, and might start a war”!
Sure enough, it almost did. What actually happened with this whole situation with Sony is still up to anyone’s guess since reports were all over the place. Nonetheless, we still all get to see the movie. If anything, this whole ordeal ended up being an interesting PR/Marketing move for the studio. Did it really work? Who knows, but it’s as popular as ever at the moment.
Onto the movie itself. It’s funny. Nothing that really had me laughing my butt off, but some really good jokes. James Franco is always hilarious to me, and when working alongside Seth Rogen, the two form a great comedic duo. I love ‘Pineapple Express’ and’This is the End’, and I don’t think I ever laughed so hard in a theater for the latter.
Most of the comedy works and the story, as I said before, is bold. You want to see this movie mostly because of the controversy surrounding it. In the end, you will see why the film was so controversial, but you’ll also get a great kick out of the ending. I also wasn’t expecting Kim Jong Un to have an actual part, and he was honestly one of the funniest aspects of the whole thing.
When it comes to a comedy, I normally judge the movie based off of one thing. Laughter. No matter how stupid or smart a comedy may be, as long as I’m laughing, then it’s doing it’s job.
I’ll give ‘The Interview’ a B. It’s entertaining and funny, but I do think it could have been executed a little differently, and that would have made for more laughs in the middle section. For a movie that’s so easily accessible, it’s totally worth a watch!
Also, the puppy at the end is insanely cute.