The interview is an interesting film in that it is both seriously funny and could possibly start World War III. Now, I had the pleasure of getting invited to see the see an advanced screening of the film about two weeks ago. This was before Sony canned the film. See, this is me drinking a free Guinness courtesy of Sony. Free beer aside, I can honestly say that The Interview is a pretty great comedy. Is it perfect? No, not by a long shot. It has a few missteps along the way, but the journey to getting to [SPOILER] is pretty hilarious. The beginning and the end are very, very funny, however, the middle runs a bit dry. Some of the dialogue doesn’t quite hit right and on occasion a plot point will feel rushed or contrived. The most obvious offender here is the pair’s initial decision to interview Kim. However, what works in this film really works and it is completely because of Seth Rogen and James Franco. They carry a script that is at times, but not always, weak. They really make this film, and I for one am very glad they did. Overall The Interview offers up a lot of great laughs, but falls just sort of greatness.
Final Verdict: 3.5/5
With the review out of the way, I’ll say a quick word about Sony’s decision to halt distribution of the film. To be honest, I’m not going to say anything anyone else hasn’t already said. Art is art and should never be, under any circumstances, censored or otherwise tampered with to appease anyone. This goes especially for those who threaten violence. If we cave to threats like this, all it does is set a precedent of weakness. We as a nation should value our freedom of speech more than anything else, and allowing threats to suppress that right is inexcusable. That said, I highly doubt The Interview won’t be getting a release. It’ll either get a VOD release quite soon or Sony will wait a while until this dies down and release it into theaters then. All that matters is that the public get the opportunity to see this film and laugh their asses off for two hours like I did.