The Interview sure as hell hasn't had an easy ride. With all the controversy surrounding it, this is a release that has been through hell and back. However, it has FINALLY arrived... but just how good is it?
Not very is the answer to the above question. Considering everything that this film went through - from delays to terrorist threats to completely being removed from its release schedule and more - you would think that this is going to be good, maybe even great. Yeah... not really. It's rather the opposite; just a mediocre, sloppy comedy.
Saying that though doesn't mean it's all bad. It's fun and the comedy is really funny at times. Seth Rogen and James Franco have such veritable chemistry too and bring a lot of charm and wit to this, otherwise, deadpan film. In my opinion, though, it just wasn't as good as the hype was making it out to be. It's predictable, clichéd and can drag quite a bit at times too. It certainly had the potential to be A LOT better.
This is what the Koreans were making a big deal of?
For those of you that are unaware, The Interview follows Franco's reporter Dave Skylark and Rogen's producer Aaron Rapport. Together, the two run the celebrity tabloid show "Skylark Tonight". When they realise that North Korean President Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show, they decide to take this as an opportunity to improve their reputation by interviewing him. But, their plans change when they're approached by the CIA to 'take out' Kim.
I've always loved Rogen and Franco. Their friendship is uncanny and their movies are always great. Their chemistry in this is just brilliant and so great to watch play out on screen. However, we've seen it before. It's the usual for the duo as Rogen plays the smarter, more serious guy from the duo and Franco is the daft punk: idiotic and not the brightest. Sure, it works but it's a tad annoying.
What's worse is, at times, their acting can maybe be a little OTT and just comes off as cheesy, sometimes even try-hard. Also, other than these two, the rest of the cast is pretty weak. Randall Park is fine as Kim but that's about it. It's not that the other actors give bad performances, it's just their characters were slammed with such weak dialogue and they have no use other than 'supporting' our main trio.
Other than occasionally being funny every now and then, The Interview is underwhelming and just doesn't hit as well as it could.
About the Author
Founder of Oasis Awais, and avid lover of life, Awais Irfan's love of writing and film is unequivocal. Ever since he was a little kid, he has loved the cinematic experience; so much so, he is studying Film Production in Glasgow and hopes to be the next "big thing" in directing.