“Do not fight the tiger. You will lose”
Last year, Seth Rogen and Even Goldberg made a movie that made me laugh probably more than any other movie of 2013. This is the End could have crumbled under its own weight of meta, inside jokes. Rogen and his famous friends could have disappeared up their own asses as they played heightened versions of themselves. But somehow, Rogen and Goldberg pulled it off. They made themselves and their famous friends the butt of the jokes and those jokes were hilarious. All of that is to say This is the End had the advantage of my low expectations. But now, with that under their belt, I really wanted and expected The Interview to be good.
Dave Skylark (James Franco) hosts a sensational news interview show where he serves up puffy or baited questions to people like Eminem and Rob Lowe, so they can come out as gay and bald respectively. His Executive Producer Aaron Rappaport (Rogen), wants to do legitimate news. When they find out that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un (Randall Park) is a fan of their show, they think it is the key to what they both want, mammoth ratings for Dave, journalistic respect for Aaron. They make a call, and after a clandestine meeting in remote China, the interview is a go. (more…)