The Interview

Film, Comedy
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The Interview

You’ve read the news story; now you can see the film. Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen’s ‘The Interview’ follows the hysterically violent misadventures of idiotic talk-show host Dave Skylark (James Franco, hamming it up) and his underachieving producer, Aaron (Rogen), who land an interview with Skylark superfan and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (Randall Park). Sensing an opportunity, the CIA then enlists the bumbling duo to assassinate the world’s most reclusive tyrant. Next up, we’re in Pyongyang, where Skylark and Kim are singing Katy Perry’s ‘Firework’ to each other inside a tank.

It’s Park’s performance that elevates the premise of a routine comedy sketch into the stuff of a compelling, genuinely radical feature: the actor portrays Kim as an endearingly deranged despot with nuclear daddy issues. But Goldberg and Rogen are most enamoured of the idea that Kim’s subjects see him as a living god, and the character’s insecurities soon form the cornerstone of the film’s halfhearted but hilarious look at the fine line between celebrity and idolatry. It isn’t just the most sophisticated and beautifully shot of Rogen’s star vehicles, it’s also the most giddily puerile. As funny as ‘Bad Neighbours’ and as demented as ‘This Is the End’, ‘The Interview’ confirms Rogen as the most ambitious mainstream comedian working in film.

By: David Ehrlich


Release details

Release date: Friday February 6 2015
Duration: 112 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen
Screenwriter: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen, Dan Sterling
Cast: Seth Rogen
James Franco
Randall Park

Average User Rating

3.3 / 5

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This is a pretty silly film. I like Seth Rogen and can tolerate James Franco in comic roles but I've never been a big fanboy of this group of filmmakers. The plot is straightforward, the production values are high and I think you'd have to be made of stone not to smirk, smile or giggle at at least a handful of the gags. Rogen is solid and keeps the film moving while I think Franco goes too far with the character even in this bizarro world they've created. It's no political statement, just school boy fun and while it doesn't drag, I can't see it having much replay value.


This is typical Seth Rogen affair and if you can tolerate him, it's not actually a bad romp. Entertainment interviewer James Franco and his producer Seth Rogan get the opportunity to interview Kim Jong-un and are tasked by the US Government to assassinate him whilst they are there. What follows is a farcical affair with Franco's arrogant and stupid character bouncing off Rogan's more level-headed role and of course, the psychotic Jong-un. Even though it's comedy by numbers it's enjoyable and will definitely pass the time on a rainy Sunday afternoon. Just don't watch it with anybody who's easily offended.