The Interview

interview
COMEDY, ACTION
2014

DIRECTOR: Evan Goldberg & Seth Rogen CAST: James Franco, Seth Rogen, Randall Park, Diana Bang, Lizzy Caplan, Reese Alexander

RATING – 6 out of 10

  • Acting – 6 out of 10
    • Wow. James Franco really did his best to show us just how ludicrous he thought this whole movie was. His character’s vapid naïvety was over-exaggerated and absurd, albeit hilarious. Meanwhile, Seth Rogen delivered the crass, awkward, and dowdy sidekick that he is wont to play.
  • Writing/Dialogue – 8 out of 10
    • Obscene? Yes. Terrible? Yes. But Franco’s comedic timing is such that it saved this from certain disaster.
  • Diversity – -2 out of 10
    • Normally, the bottom rung of these categories is a 1, but this was so horribly racist that I considered giving it a 0. But then I decided that a 0 was still not a score befit such racism and sexism. Not even the strong female character portrayed by Diana Bang could save this abhorrent stain on diversity.
  • Visual Effects – 8 out of 10
    • Surprisingly excellent visual effects. Particularly the slow-motion helicopter explosion toward the end of the film.
  • Cinematography & Art Direction – 10 out of 10
    • Here’s another surprisingly excellent element to this film. The most beautiful shot in the film was the sunlight shining from behind Kim Jong-un’s fortress of tyranny.
  • Musical Score & Sound Editing – 7 out of 10
    • It was pretty much your typical action movie scoring juxtaposed with various renditions of Katy Perry’s “Firework”. And I loved every second of it.
  • Costumes, Makeup, & Hairstyling – 10 out of 10
    • Let’s be honest, the only reason I’m incorporating this category for this film is because of Franco’s vibrant and stylish duds. Whereas all of the other characters’ costumes were rather blasé. It really highlighted his character: where everyone else was serious or dull, he was childish and energetic.
  • Plot/Story – 7 out of 10
    • I don’t want to say that I like the idea of a plot to assassinate a real-life world leader, but the film goes beyond that. To some extent, it paints Kim Jong-un as a tragic leader; but it simultaneously shows us the “truth” that North Korea doesn’t want us to see.
  • Time – 5 out of 10
    • Several of the jokes went on a little too long.
  • Grandiosity vs. Humility – 1 out of 10
    • I mean, but really….

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