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The Interview (2014): Dave Skylark and producer Aaron Rapoport run the celebrity tabloid show "Skylark Tonight." When they land an interview with a surprise fan, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, then they are recruited by the CIA to turn their trip to Pyongyang into an assassination mission.
Ok. We all know about the stories about the news surrounding this movie. This is for another time in a later article. We aren't going to talk about that. We are just going to talk about the movie itself ok? Ok. So, The Interview. I honestly think the Seth Rogen-James Franco-Evan Golberg group needs to take a bit of a break with their formula. From This is the End to Neighbors to The Interview, this marks 3 movies with relatively similar jokes and such from them in the span of a 18ish months. Is it a bad movie? No. Is it a good movie? Kind of. It definitely does bring some laughs, but at the end of the day it's simply just a big silly comedy. That's it. It's not the greatest movie of all time. By no means is it this. But it does bring some laughs throughout the 112 minute flick. So let's dive into it, shall we?
And that's my biggest problem with this movie: this movie sets up some very potentially serious moments, but then resolves them with very silly resolves. For example, in the interview itself (spoiler: there's an interview of Kim Jong-Un in The Interview! WHOA) the gang sets up a very interesting line of questioning for Un as they try to make him slip up. But then, instead of further going down this path, they resolve this plot line with a pop culture reference. I don't know. Maybe it's my Newsroom side coming out, but I would've really liked this moment and many others that are set up with very serious and legitimate plot points to not be resolved with silly pop culture references or other silly things. I mean think about This is the End. The apocalypse is a very serious matter, and they do treat it fairly seriously in the final act while still throwing in jokes to keep you laughing. It became a drama with a side of comedy. That's where The Interview fails. It sets itself up to be a drama with a side of comedy, but then chooses to keep itself a comedy with a side of drama.
Here also is where my rule of comedies will once again come out: if the movie makes me laugh, then I can't hold the plot flaws against it. And while there were quite a few misses with the humor, there was also quite a few hits. But, at the end of the day, this movie is merely good. The stories surrounding the movie are absolutely far more sensational than the movie itself. And while I still look forward to what Rogen, Franco, and Goldberg have to offer next, I will also send them a warning: it's time to mix things up, guys. Your formula is starting to wear thin on me. Consider yourself warned.
The Critique: plot holes-a-plenty are not enough to take away from a good comedy. Silly at best.
The Recommendation: I mean, how can you not watch this movie? Just do it to say you did.
The Verdict: 7/10 Good