The release of The Interview has been a massive point of controversy in the USA and quite possibly the world. We all knew it would see the light of day eventually, but I didn’t expect it’d be at a theatre six miles down the road, nor on Google Play so quickly. In short, my wife and I just finished watching it and I have to say, I can understand why there was controversy, but believe the level got out of hand. To those stating the hubbub over the film was all marketing – I don’t believe that. It’d only tarnish Sony’s image and also be illegal, as it’d be lying to investors in regards to very big money, but I digress.
The Interview as a film is standard Rogen and Franco. It’s not going to gain or lose many long-term fans. Personally, I’d say This Is the End is their best work, but this one had me laughing quite persistently, despite odd pacing. Party montages lasted all of seven seconds while James Franco spent way to long bonding with the beloved dictator. A certain level of discombobulation was likely on purpose, as the films dons spectacular effects, yet opened with a dated Columbia Pictures intro and some deaths clearly involved the use of dummies. Other bits of continuity issues come into play, but ones so predictable they had to have been on purpose and for fun.
In the strongest departure from Rogen’s past films, drug content and silliness was replaced with more serious drama, though retaining the staple nonsensical dialogue style he’s known for. Regretfully, there is no Jonah Hill cameo, but we can’t win all of them. However, some of the cameos in the first twenty minutes will likely bring many to tears of laughter.
To be direct, the movie is one worth owning and likely rewatching a couple times. Despite being so much about a modern concern/trend (in line with Kim Jong Un memes and parodies), The Interview looks like it’d be able to stand on its own two feet for ages to come. No matter the level of controversy and difficulty finding release, I believe blu ray prints will emerge in the future and make this a staple to own across the country.