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The Interview

Directed by Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen
United States, 2014


Dave Skylark and producer Aaron Rapoport run the celebrity tabloid show “Skylark Tonight”. When they land an interview with a surprise fan, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, they are recruited by the CIA to turn their trip to Pyongyang into an assassination mission.

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The Interview Directed by Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen
Whether the film is good or bad is irrelevant, as its work was done long before it (eventually) hit cinemas. And it would essentially have to be a Renoir-level masterpiece to live up to the story of its own making, and without sounding disingenuous, it ain’t that. Maybe a good comparison would be Joseph Mankiewicz’s Cleopatra or Otto Preminger’s Rosebud, films that are far more interesting to talk about than to actually watch.
February 05, 2015
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Some of the jokes don’t work, there’s a sloppiness to some of it… But, in general, it’s a bold audacious ridiculous movie, stupid as well as smart. In this context, stupid is not an insult. It’s a compliment. The movie is a comedy involving two semi-losers infiltrating the most reclusive country on earth with a cockamamie plan to poison the sitting dictator. Of course it’s stupid. I enjoy that kind of stupidity.
January 03, 2015
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Rogen is far better at directing other performers—or at least performers who are not close friends—than he is at directing himself… The Interview’s depiction of a pressure-cooker cult of personality really is daring, in ways that go beyond the guest-dictator appearance of Saddam Hussein in The Big Lebowski or even the uproarious treachery of Kim Jong-il in Team America: World Police. Whether or not the real Kim tried to sabotage the movie, Park’s fictional Kim steals it.
December 30, 2014
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