The Interview Review


By: Justin Jasso (@jjasso007)

No one would ever say that the media is unbiased. No one would say that the media hasn’t been the cause of many protests and public outcry. But rarely is media accused of making an “act of war” and having groups threaten to plant bombs in movie theaters should a film be released and aired. But such was the case with the film The Interview, by directors Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen. In case you’ve been in a coma or living in a cave without WiFI, a group called the Guardians of Peace (the GOP because we didn’t have a GOP already) hacked Sony, released plenty of damning information and threatened to blow up theaters that would show the film. So Sony pulled the film because they give in to online bullying. And it came out that North Korea was behind the hack, and now the film is available again. Just goes to show that little barking yip dogs threaten no one.

Dave Skylark (Dave Franco) is a huge TV personality, on the level of Barbara Walters but for media. He had an interview with Eminem who came out as being gay, was there when Rob Lowe took off his wig to reveal his baldness, and now has scored an interview with one of the most secluded men on the planet: North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un (Randall Park). The meeting is set up by Skylark’s producer, Aaron Rapaport (Seth Rogen), but before leaving, the CIA approaches them in the form of Agent Lacy (Lizzie Caplan) and asks them to take Kim Jung Un out. Not for dinner, not for drinks, not for a night on the town, but to kill him. Now, the two most unlikely assassins are being sent to a country who doesn’t allow in foreigners and asked to assassinate the leader. Solid plan right? What could go wrong?


In America, we have the right to free speech. Apparently not in North Korea. Now, it’s not to say that “North Korea” was upset that a film making fun of their leader with a plot to kill him was being released in the United States. What is being said is that those in the North Korean government who love Kim Jong Un were upset that their supreme ruler was being portrayed in such a way, that they chose to make threats. But they make threats every week for something, so it’s nothing new. What Rogen and Goldberg bring to the screen is a parody film, a very satirical story poking fun at a country who is known for their starvation of the populace, executions of people known to speak poorly of their leader (if you crumple up a document with his face on it, that may mean jail time), and having a population living in fear. In the film, Un is a huge fan of Skylark, a basketball enthusiast and an avid listener of Katy Perry music. A defense is given for Un being misunderstood, being portrayed by the media one way and having to live up to certain expectations set by his father and grandfather. This is something that people can relate to, trying to live up to and meet certain expectations set by others. Rogen and Goldberg give fair enough treatment to Un and North Korea, and convincingly state that they are not bashing North Korea with the film, but more shaking a disapproving finger at their government and leader.

The movie really falls on the shoulders of Franco, Rogen and Park to deliver. Franco’s character comes across as one of those you’d see in a Will Ferrel movie or a Jim Carrey film: very over the top with various moments of “mugging” for the camera. Nothing is believable about his persona or a reality with his performance. His character is one you would see on an episode of SNL: very over the top with the physicality and nothing leading us to any sense of reality. Rogen, on the other hand, is the total opposite as the producer. We know what we are getting from Rogen, as it’s usually the same “character” in every film. But he delivers with his delivery of lines and predicaments he’s put into, such as with a tiger and having to conceal a payload that lands in North Korea. Park, on the other hand, is great as Kim Jong Un. The initial bonding scene he has with James Franco where they play basketball, take a tank out and sing Katy Perry’s “Firework” song are great. There are many good moments from Park in the film. The rest of the cast are more for film flow and continuity with Diana Bang playing a military officer in North Korea and Caplan as the CIA agent.


The Interview will probably be seen by a good number of people, whether it’s on VOD, YouTube, or in theaters now. There are plenty of funny moments, for sure, but there is plenty of stupidity and James Franco making weird faces and utilizing some outlandish body language which generally doesn’t work here. There are a few graphic scenes with exploding body parts and other body parts being ripped off, but it is done in such a way that it is usually funny and definitely unbelievable. Does The Interview live up to expectations that people probably have for it? No. Is it worth seeing online for free, now that it’s available? Yeah. And it is worth seeing to spite North Korea for their threats and hack against Sony? Definitely!

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars


  1. TonyDecember 29th, 2014 at 11:06 am

    I think its James Franco not Dave.

  2. JustinDecember 29th, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Bahaha, you’re right! I took his character name and his last name and combined them. Gueess its not as bad as Obama calling him James Flacco

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