The Interview (Film Review)

Rarely has a film in recent times caused such a storm as this bromance fuelled comedy about an assassination plot on North Korean dictator Kim Jung Un.

Directed by Evan Goldberg, The Interview is the story of talk show host Dave Skylark, played by James Franco and his producer Aaron Rapoport, played by Seth Rogan, who are granted an interview with the most notorious and secluded man in the world.

The CIA, led by Lizzy Caplan, decide to use this opportunity to have the hapless couple “take out” the supreme leader.

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After an initial decision not to screen the film following a string of threats from an activist group, Sony has since decided to give The Interview a full release in Britain, following a limited theatrical release in America, finally giving people a chance to see this highly contentious satire.

With the controversial aspects to one side, the film is in fact an unremarkable run of the mill typical Seth Rogen flick.

It would be a lie to say that there aren’t laughs because there are plenty to satisfy movie-goers. There are numerous jokes in the film that work well such as the North Korean dictators’ love of Katy Perry and Margherritas, as well the early scenes with some nicely worked celebrity cameos from Eminem and Rob Lowe .

There is also plenty of chemistry between the films two leads, starring in their second film together after 2008’s Pineapple Express.

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Rogen gives his role a sobering sense of reality compared to Franco’s energetic, outlandish role which often tips over into outright ridiculous and silly.

Sadly the film is guilty over indulging itself too heavily for large chunks with the sense that there are times the actors are having more fun than the actual audience.

There are numerous elongated scenes that could be cut in favour of much more needed character development, with Lizzy Caplan particularly given a thin role and mostly having to spend her screen time dictating events behind a desk at CIA headquarters.

It seems therefore anti-climactic that a film that generated such hysteria and attention leaves its viewers with an underwhelming forgettable film.