|Available in various formats now!|
It has made a nice amount through this online method, and for all we know could be the first hint of a future where more movies are released to success simultaneously for theater-viewing and home-watching at the same time for people to choose what they prefer (Note: this sort of method had been attempted before, but usually with lesser-known movies, or lately via Kickstarted flicks). With all the hubbub that surrounded the release of the movie itself however, how is the film itself? Pretty good, if not amazing.
A Review of "The Interview"
While not too often being especially insightful or political, it is easy to see why North Korea would have been mad about this movie as the film portrays Kim Jong Un as an insecure jerk prone to fits of rage and incapable of controlling of his bowels. Still, the assassination plot is more an excuse for Rogen and Franco to get up to their usual hi jinks than anything worth getting especially mad about, as it seemed some folk did what with Sony getting hacked.
As some defectors from North Korea discuss in their review of the film, certain parts are strangely apt, as while there may not be fake grocery stores as shown to Franco and Rogen in the movie, there are plenty of "sets" created to show off a false image of positivism for the nation. Also, the opening of the movie with a small girl singing about how the U.S. should burn in Hell apparently isn't too far removed from some of the North Korean propaganda that portrays itself as a shining beacon of perfection with the rest of the world being a jealous hellhole. That said, while there is this political undertone, a lot of the time we still get plenty of poop-jokes and raunchy comments--just sometimes with the occasional political commentary.
Besides the occasional clever political thought two things struck me the most about the film. First was how Lizzy Caplan has really grown-up from being a kid like me when she was in "Mean Girls" all those years ago to now being an adult CIA agent in this movie.
|God, I feel old thinking how she and I have aged.|
At least we both grew into beautiful women.
Park has appeared in a variety of serious and humorous roles so his skills are put to good use as the character who is basically the focal point of the movie's plot and whom gets the most screen-time besides Rogen and Franco. It's the kind of part that the movie hinges upon, because if the portrayal of Kim Jong Un were poor it would sink the entire flick, therefore Park's superb job is admirable.
|Park is excellent as Un.|
3.5 out of 5 stars.