570. The Interview

570-the-interviewBackground info

Title: The Interview
Director: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogan
Year: 2014
Run time: 1hr 52m

“In the action-comedy The Interview, Dave Skylark (James Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show ‘Skylark Tonight.’ When they discover that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show, they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimise themselves as journalists. As Dave and Aaron prepare to travel to Pyongyang, their plans change when the CIA recruits them, perhaps the most unlikely candidates, to ‘take out’ Kim Jong-un.”

Live blog

0:26 – Is it wrong to be wary once you see a weird ident?
3:00 – I’m thinking James Franco tonight would be an interesting show.
5:43 – “Cleaning out his closet: finds himself” is a great tagline.
14:11 – Skylark’s fashion sense is out of this world. Cravats and all.
18:28 – “I didn’t pack well for this trip!”
20:43 – Surprising number of cameos already.
21:43 – Peanut butter and jealous.
33:10 – They don’t even get to pick their own code names. I’d want to pick my own.
34:29 – Fashion risks, he calls it.
41:06 – “Somebody ate it.”
42:34 – That’s war now. A kid flying a drone from a container, drinking Red Bull.

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Conclusions

I can’t say that I particularly wanted to watch this one, and was pretty conflicted right up until we pressed play. When everything was kicking off between Sony and their hackers, I sort of fell on the side of those thinking it was unwise to make a film about a current world leader who is unpredictable at best.

But then everything quietened down, and it appeared on iTunes and it felt like I should at least see what the fuss was about, as it could have been (and could still be) a pretty important cultural moment.

Unfortunately, it’s a terrible film. Both characters are irritating and unfunny, James Franco is a letdown compared to his usual self, and the plot is implausible at best, disgusting at worst.

Rating: Unrated.