Written by Michael Egan

Saturday, 27 December 2014

The Interview

Directed by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg
Starring Seth Rogan, James Franco

At least there were no stupid height jokes. There were stupid and even infantile jokes about almost everything else.

Asses (of the Kardashian variety). And farts. And poops and gays and inconvenient tumescences, and an almost pathological fascination with anuses. At one point Rogen is supposed to insert a dildo-sized object up there, how funny.

The Interview is among the worst and most juvenile so-called comedies out of Hollywood, and pretty typical of its sort too. It deserves to be lost somewhere between the comedy and action sections in the DVD store aisles.

One understands however why Kim Jong-un and the North Korean government are upset about it. This is not to defend the actions they took to suppress the movie's showing, if the threats and cyber-hacking were indeed theirs.

But The Interview's plot and assumptions are grossly and gratuitously insulting. Rogen and Franco take multiple cheap shots at an adversary they once thought could not hit back-clearly they, like everyone else, was surprised at the reaction.

We should not have been. A comparable movie about President Obama would be equally controversial and more than likely censored in the USA.

In point of fact there's nothing in The Interview that requires it to be set in North Korea, nor does the CIA's assassination target need to be Kim Jong-un.

The North Korea we're presented with is a cardboard Communist state derived straight out of the Cold War-an authoritarian monstrosity run by the Gestapo with fake stores stocking fake fruit designed to deceive the western visitors.

Nor does the hated dictator have to be Kim. He's fluent in English, charming and manipulative, many things Kim himself may well be, but this isn't meant to be a portrait. Again he's just a combination Stalin, Mao, Hitler, Big Brother, etc., whose mystique is shattered by the TV interview itself when he is revealed as being merely human and not a god. "North Korea" then erupts in revolution and the dictatorship is overthrown.

Really. That's the political level on which this vacuous movie operates. Kim has persuaded his people that he has no digestive system and thus possesses no anus (there's the obsession again). But in the interview's closing moments he farts and poops his pants with a loud raspberry and much discoloration over the floor. I apologize, but that's what happens.

So in the end this gross and grossly over-rated production is an insult even to the intelligence of Americans. The tyranny in North Korea will not be overthrown by the people's sudden realization that Kim is not a deity-they know it already.

Nor will this so-called satire achieve anything more than make relations between the US and North Korea even more difficult, as we have already seen. That, and make a lot of money for Seth Rogen, James Franco and Evan Goldberg

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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