Admittedly, after seeing that Eminem interview, I might have hyped the movie up a little bit. For what's it worth, it was the best part, and still had me chuckling when I saw it in the actual film. That said, the rest of The Interview wasn't bad. It's just not the amazing and clever comedy that I had anticipated, a sentiment that's (ironically enough) not that different from the one held by David Skylark (James Franco) in the movie.
The first thing you have to realize is... it's a Seth Rogen movie. If you've seen the movies he has starred in, you'll know what brand of comedy to expect - the juvenile kind. There will be tons of sex and poop jokes atypical of American comedies. It's also self-aware (of course it is), which means that it also knows exactly just how stupid the plot is, and it just embraces that goofiness for most of the movie with sincerity. There's a scene with Kim Jong-un riding in a tank with James Franco while Katy Perry's "Firework" is playing in the background, so if you're expecting some serious movie satirizing media influence over Cold War politics straight out of some Frost/Nixon inspiration, you're on more drugs than Franco and Rogen combined. That being said, I have to admit that I was kinda hoping to see some level of clever humor mixed in here. Oh well.
Regardless of its superficiality, The Interview was a fun ride that doesn't take itself too seriously. An analogy I could think of would be a drunk roommate coercing you to cut loose and just have fun. There's a very light tone throughout the entire film even when the more dramatic character growth appears (and yes, there is a character arc in this, and quite a good one too). I really don't want to knock on this movie by criticizing it for being dumb and (god forbid) objectifying women, because it just doesn't really feel like that kind of shallow movie. It's still shallow humor, but it's just clever enough to get a pass from me. For example, there was a line about Agent Lacey (played by Lizzy Caplan - Janis from "Mean Girls"!) being too hot to be a government agent, and thus was probably hired for the sheer sake of seducing Dave Skylark. There was an immediate follow-up remark by Lacey about how that is sexism. The conversation was obviously made for comedic purposes rather than some critical commentary about feminism (again, wrong kind of movie, pal), but I feel just its presence alone (among other semi-witty dialogue) kept the film from feeling like just another frat-brothers movie that you watch with your bros while drunk and high.
One thing I wish could've been done differently, however, is the intelligence of Kim in this film. He's such a pathetic idiot especially in his supposedly masterful manipulation that his "trick" and "propaganda" feels cheap and lazy. I wish the writers would have at least put in more effort into that so that I could at least have some level of surprise when the curtain was pulled away.
In the end, The Interview isn't the "Tropic Thunder" of the decade. It's not some intelligent black comedy with a subtle political message. It's just a decently funny buddy comedy with a more controversial backdrop. As its TVTropes page would say, "It's so okay, it's average."
Old Man Dream: Have bad news and good news regarding Pop Team Epic. Bad news, I didn't realize Tubi only had the first five episodes of the series on their site, so that's as far as I can go with it on there. Good news, Retro Crush thankfully has the full series up...
Aug 23, 2021 12:21:21 GMT
Old Man Dream: ...on their site, so I'll be watching the remainder of the series from there. Should be able to wrap it up by later this week, as I expect to be a little slower in my progression of it during the week.
Aug 23, 2021 12:22:18 GMT
Taka: That is bizarre for Tubi TV to only have 5 episodes.
Aug 24, 2021 3:09:21 GMT