By Darin Skaggs
There are two different kinds of Seth Rogan movies; the ones that have a good amount of heart like 50/50 or Take This Waltz and ones with crude humor that tries to have a good amount of heart like Knocked Up and The 40 Year Old Virgin. Last year’s This Is The End directed by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogan was a big surprise, blending perfectly both kinds of Rogan films. The duo’s new film The Interview sadly does not follow that formula and leans more towards the crude humor with a failed attempt at having any emotion.
The story stars James Franco as Dave Skylar who hosts Skylar Tonight, Rogan playing his head producer Aaron Rapoport, whose claims to fame is embarrassing any number of celebrities. After word gets out that they are going to interview a fan of theirs and leader of North Korea, Kim Jon-un, the CIA gets a hold of them to plan an assassination on him due to his corrupt ways.
The film is funny, nothing new though. Rogan has his normal scene of talking about something sexually awkward and not act like it is awkward to make people squirm. There are crude jokes all around, same as always for films starring Seth. Randall Park plays Kim Jon-un wonderfully, getting some of the best jokes in the movie. Sadly though for the most part the jokes are flat, easy and just the normal ones we have become accustomed to.
One aspect that is strange about the whole film is that is borrows from other ones, but does not really use what it borrows for direct rip offs. It does not use it to its advantage either; they take moments and lines from other works and just slightly reference them. Apocalypse Now is one that is borrowed from the most. The whole movie is an assassination movie, just like Apocalypse Now. There are references to a tiger coming out of nowhere and Franco is in charge of a puppy, but it really goes nowhere and those jokes just fall flat. It struggles to have anything to say about Kim or North Korea and just seems like a comedy about something that seems political.
The Interview is a big disappointment. It seems to be trying to say something about the world we live in, but any real reason is hard to find. Franco is fun as usual and Park is absolutely brilliant, but the rest of the film falls flat with a few humorous moments here and there.