The Interview (Sidenote: The Hundred-Foot Journey)


(Editor’s Sidenote: This pretty much marks my 1 year anniversary of having this Movie Critic blog, and I will like to take the time to thank everyone for your support by taking the time to read, and some of you all have commented and told me that they are taking my words to heart, and that keeps me motivated to continue. This will be my last full review of the 2014 movies (with the exception of the brief Sidenote reviews), and I will start on the 2015 movies and other articles and reviews. Once again, thank you for your time and support, and I’m looking for a better future of doing what I love doing. -Hans Martin Jr.)

(SPOILER WARNING!!! This article does contain spoilers, if you haven’t seen the movie, just see the first paragraph to be informed without spoilers!!!)

The Interview definitely has its moments, but all in all, a lot of the jokes can be too crude and offensive, I also believe the James Franco haters will have more fuel to the fire after this movie. Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars.

What I love about movies is the risks some movies are willing to take. They know it will be controversial, but are willing to make their voices heard and show why. It can be made a satire, be blatant, or even add some intense scenes to show the realness of this world. Regardless, what makes a movie great is because the risks they take. As for the movie The Interview, I knew this type of satire will make people laugh and for some uncomfortable. Seth Rogen likes to push the envelope in his comedy, and this time he wants to make fun of dictatorship politics in North Korea. knowing how North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un is as a leader, I knew they would be greatly offended. What I didn’t know that how far they would take it to not show this movie. With the whole Sony Studio hacks and terrorist threats, I was disappointed that Sony decided to not show the film. I felt that North Korea really showed how much of a bully they are, and we just became a victim instead of staying strong. Eventually, I was glad that they showed it on the Internet, but the damage has been done. As a country, we need to stay strong no matter what the issue is, and expose these bullies and be ready to fight in what we believe in. That is the biggest risk of it all, but is the movie worth that risk? I will start with what i like, to the so so, to what I didn’t like.

What I like, the story is a good story for a satire making fun of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un, played by Randall Park, in making a TV show lead by Dave Skylark, played by James Franco and hid producer, Aaron Rappaport played by Seth Rogen, to book an interview with Kim who is a fan of the show, and also a plot to assassinate him. The movie had its comedic moments. Some moments were funny because of the cameos they had with the show, Skylark Tonight. Like having Rob Lowe reveal he is bald and wearing a wig, Joseph Gordon-Levitt deep love for puppies, but the best cameo goes to rapper Eminem, and having him reveal on television that he is gay. I don’t how they got Eminem to play this part, but that is pure gold in my book. Seth Rogen’s character as the shows producer I really enjoyed on screen. He is definitely the voice of reason in this whole movie, and a person you can relate to as he is trying to make the show more respectful by adding politicians and activist, and not just entertainers even though the show is doing real well in that regard. I also like the way the movie portrayed the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, as a very likable person at first. He was very vulnerable to Skylark during their time out before the interview. How he is being pressured to fit in his father’s shoes as a leader, and still become respected. It almost duped Skylark in not going through with the assassination. However, Kim’s true colors show how arrogant and crazy he is, and that all he cares about is himself and not care for the rest of the people as long as they fear him. That leads to The Interview where Skylark does expose him, leading him to embarrass on live TV to the world, and start a big shootout with North Korea and the rebels with the Americans. I loved how they created the death of Kim Jong-Un. They epically shot a tank shot to the helicopter Kim was in, and created a slow motion explosion with a slow but satisfying death.

The so so, this movie had its funny and comedic moments, but that’s all it was a movie of moments. As the story moved on the jokes can get a little crude and disgusting. I don’t mind them as long as it is funny and in good taste, but for this movie I believe they took it too far. One thing that the movie talked about was the term “honeypotting,” meaning a women buttering up a man to get what she wants. “Honeydicking” for guys doing the same thing to other guys. At first it was funny learning this new slang word, but they really overused it and got old pretty quickly. I do have a feeling people will be using these words in the future, and this word will die faster than the slang term “bling bling.”

What I didn’t like, some of the jokes can be offensive to the Asian community with their stereotypes and what not. I’m all for a good racial joke but if tastefully done, and for this movie it wasn’t. Lastly, James Franco’s character as Dave Skylark has to be one of his stupidest and doucheist roles for him to date. He really played a dummy with a TV show which leads me to speculate if he is high all the time while filming. I know there are some James Franco haters (I’m in the middle cuz he has made some good movies), and if they watch this movie their hate will spark even more after this role. It’s unfortunate, because Franco and Rogen do have some great chemistry and I was hoping for another Pineapple Express or even This is the End. However, Skylark’s stupidity really outdo the chemistry of these two actors and that’s unfortunate.

Overall, the movie was a little low of my expectations, but it did provide some good laughs and moments that make it worthwhile. I’m just mad that North Korea would bully us into not showing this movie to the world, but guess what we will and you can’t stop us. So for Kim Jong-un who can’t take a joke, here are a few words, screw you and your big fat ego!!! Final Rating 3 out of 5 Stars.

(Sidenote: The Hundred-Foot Journey- This movie starts off showing Helen Mirren and Om Puri as restaurant owners in a small French town, and becoming real jerks to each other, but once they reconciled the son of Om Puri, Manish Dayal, goes on to become a world reknoun chef. This movie is a feel good movie about culture in the form of food, but it is very predictable and bland. Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars.)




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