Stupid Funny: the best words to describe Sony Pictures most recent release, The Interview. The film focuses on the plot to “take out” North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
From the opening scene, one will be able to tell that nothing from the film should be taken seriously – absolutely nothing. Nothing should be seen as a form of propaganda against North Korea. That’s because most of the movie centers on crude humor ranging from jokes sourced from “the underwear region,” and also pokes much fun at political incorrectness. This film really tries to have viewers remember more of the ambitious political satire than the routine toilet humor.
The Interview is directed by comedic team Seth Rogen (who also stars) and Evan Goldberg. The two also collaborated with the 2013 release of This Is the End, a gigantic spoof of post-apocalyptic films and Hollywood stars.
The pair showcased dictator Kim Jong-un (Randall Park) as a small, sheltered, emotional man who gets teary eyed from Katy Perry’s hit song, “Firework.” Additionally, he is depicted as completely vulnerable and insecure, exposing his alleged weak spots and showcasing that he isn’t as ruthless a leader as he makes himself out to be.
Rogen’s best friend, James Franco, is obviously involved in this film. Franco is cast as the self-absorbed TV host Dave Skylark. Skylark learns that President Kim is a fan of his, and somehow sweet-talks his way into landing an interview with the dictator. So, Skylark and his producer Aaron Rapaport (Rogen) travel to Pyongyang for the interview. But first, they have a quick visit from CIA Agent Lacey (Lizzy Caplan), who convinces them to assassinate Kim. However, with Skylark being a self-obsessed Hollywood star who is looking out for his career, he quickly gets manipulated by President Kim; however, with every move, he comes to his senses and gets back on track with the mission at hand. With its unexpected ups and downs, the film will have viewers laughing nonstop and finding a true appreciation for political satire.
The Interview is doing well for a limited theatrical release, as most of their revenue is coming from online releases –it has made around $36 million as of January 4th. This is due to the Sony Hacks in mid-December that forced many franchised movie theaters to pull it from theatres on Christmas Day. The hacks involved the publications of many private emails from Sony Pictures that prompted suspicion that North Korea was behind it.
Now only time will tell until Franco and Rogen create another blockbuster hit. But one thing is for certain; this pair can truly find success with crude humor films.