Every once in a while, a movie is more than a movie, but it’s surprising when that becomes the case with a punk-ass comedy, one that’s more puerile than pointed yet not without some good laughs. A better-than-average bromance, The Interview
is not intrinsically an empire-toppler. Broadly funny and well-acted, the film lands some well-placed jabs as fatuous talk show host Dave Skylark (Franco) and his longtime producer Aaron Rapaport (Rogen) arrive in Pyongyang, tasked with interviewing the reclusive Kim Jong-un (Park), while also on assignment from the CIA to assassinate him. The film soon loses its mooring, however, as it lurches into all-out, guns-ablazing action. It’s incalculable how many people will watch this film as a way to stand up for freedom of speech – and there’s a lot to be said for that – but The Interview
, symbol though it’s become, ain’t nothing but a movie. Read a full review of The Interview.