I don't want to spend a lot of time talking about the conflicts with North Korea, and frankly, I don't even care to discuss it. The film should have never been blackballed from theaters the way it was, and if we could backspace over that whole ordeal, I think it'd be for the better.
In hindsight, there isn't a whole lot of stuff that's too outlandish or offensive about the film. I mean, it's nothing that we haven't already seen before and it's nothing to cause anyone to anticipate or regard The Interview as a very edgy film. The film's humor is cut from the same clothe as This is the End, and if you enjoyed that film, The Interview is right up your alley.
The Interview is a 2014 American comedy film directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, following their work on This is the End. The screenplay by Dan Sterling is based off of a story written by Sterling, Rogen and Goldberg. The film stars Seth Rogen and James Franco as the duo responsible for a hit talk show called Skylar Tonight. James Franco is the host of the show and Rogen works behind the scenes as the producer. The show rides a wave of success, however, Aaron (Rogen) is unhappy with himself and the show's format. In other-words, Aaron wants to be taken more seriously from a professional standpoint. Somewhere or another, it leads Skylar (Franco) to set-up an interview with the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un. A backlash from mainstream media occurs about them glamorizing a dictator in such a way. In the end of all this, it comes down to a CIA agent contacting them and requesting that they take the interview as an opportunity to assassinate the leader of North Korea.
The film's premise follows the subject-matter with the ridiculousness and outlandishness that you have come to expect from this brand of comedy. The storyline and premise isn't anything that you'd expect anything particularly heartfelt or substantial, but it's enough to keep everything going coherently. That isn't really what brought The Interview to the table,and thankfully, the film's humor is very enjoyable. The film is hardly the shrewdest political comedy that has been released, and it doesn't necessarily have a lot to say for itself in that regard, but depth and moral message are generally perceived as bonuses to comedy and not something that is necessarily mandatory.
The disappointing aspect of the film is the backlash that happened from it. All of the controversy surrounding it will offer a misleading perception of the film as everyone is preparing to watch it, and they'll head into it expecting this overtly offensive work, and in-reality, The Interview is simply a solid comedy without too much of a vocal message.
James Franco and Seth Rogen are a lot of fun in their roles, and while their comedic chemistry doesn't hold a candle to Jump Street, it's widely entertaining. The performance of Randall Park as the leader of North Korea was also enjoyable.
I'll say that The Interview might not live up to all of the hype, and that hype was unfairly bestowed it, but it was an enjoyable film with funny moments and entertaining, light-heart moments throughout it.