The Interview, with James Franco, Seth Rogen, Randall Park, Lizzy Caplan & Diana Bang. Director, Evan Goldberg & Seth Rogen. I know a lot of people really wanted to see this, expecting something less than good. To see it, in response to attempts to censor a film aimed directly at tyranny. After recent hacking incidents at Sony Pictures, I admit to being one of these, yet I found this film to be a sharp & an adept film.
Franco doesn’t have to stretch to be funny & the actor is excellent in his portrayal of a vacuous entertainment news interviewer, who finds himself on a mission to kill the oppressive dictator of a closed, Communist Asian country. An adequate character actor, who obviously & luckily did well, as his film takes center stage in world politics. At least, briefly.
The movie has quite a bit to recommend it. Well written, with a violent mixed bag of emotions & content. A big production that starts out horrifyingly slow but picks up in the middle with more than a few shock value scenes & action. I found the visuals expressive of what is obviously North Korea’s nightmarish world, with Park well placed as a personification of evil. Reflecting reality, rather than fiction.
I recommend the film; & as always am fascinated with Rogen’s success in being an everyman, who guides a film to strange success – or, at least, moderate breaking even levels.
The amount of graphic violence is quite refreshing & welcome in a film that’s not just a comedy. It’s a mixed bag.
Randall Park & Diana Bang are each marvelous talents, by the way.