Well…here it is…the movie that has been causing all of the ruckus lately. It’s certainly gained a lot of publicity, and now it’s time to evaluate it.
Dave Skylark (James Franco), the host of “Skylark Tonight”, is used to interviewing celebrities in hopes of revealing some of their secrets to the public. After celebrating their 1,000th episode, the shows producer, Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) comes to the realization that he wants to provide viewers with more relevant news. He learns through simple internet research that the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un (Randall Park) is a fan of the show. Aaron arranges an interview with the fearless leader. Once it’s in order, the CIA approaches both Dave and Aaron, and insist that they kill the ruthless leader of North Korea during their visit.
My local theater is not playing the film, nor can I view it at a theater less than one hours drive away. Instead, I viewed it on my Xbox One. The film has made history by being released online rather than the traditional theater setting. The only downside is that it costs 6 bucks to rent for the time being. This is less than a movie theater ticket, sure, but a little high for an at-home rental. Given the circumstances though, it’s understandable. North Koreans are continuing to learn of the film, and many are willing to pay up to $50 to get their hands on a copy of the banned movie. The North Korean black market has even been warned not to distribute copies of the film.
When it was over I didn’t really have much of an opinion on it. Seth Rogen movies seem to all have a similar vibe anyway. Fortunately for me, I enjoy his work. Though I admire an actor who can adapt to multiple roles, I also appreciate those who stick to their own style. Stated simply, I did enjoy the film. Seth Rogan and James Franco make a good combination if you ask me. Go back to “Pineapple Express” or “This is the End”, both really fun movies to watch, especially with some friends on a Friday or Saturday night. I see this one as an addition to the movie night collection.
Of course, if you don’t like Seth Rogen, you’ll only be wasting your time with this one. It takes a fan to really get anything from this movie. Some people say Seth Rogen displays lame attempts at humor, while others say he is hilarious. Truth is that he is somewhere in the middle, but you still have to be a fan to enjoy his work. When it comes down to it, the movie didn’t have me rolling on the floor laughing, but I did laugh. On a humor scale form 1 – 10, it was about a 5 or 6.
The plot was bold for obvious reasons, entertaining for others, and still contained some of the familiar annoyances that are always linked to a Seth Rogan film. Yes, even a fan like myself found some parts to be annoying, but I got over it because it’s Seth freak’n Rogen. At no point (I should point out) was I enthused to be viewing a movie that I feared I may not be able to see anytime soon. It was what it was, and is what it is. I would gladly watch it again with some friends, especially if they haven’t seen it, but I doubt I’ll be in a hurry to view it again on my own.
As I expected, there was a lot of fiction thrown in. Sometimes this translates to stupidity. Sometimes it translates into an overly unrealistic turn of events. And sometimes it can actually make for a better, or funnier movie. Having used the actual name of the North Korean leader, all of the aspects tied to the character version of the leader could easily be considered a slap to the real leaders face. Hell yeah it’s funny. Hell yeah it’s stupid. And hell yes, it actually made for better movie overall (at least slightly).
Having received very mixed reviews from viewers and top critics, I can comprehend the division of opinion that is circulating. As with a few of my other reviews, I’m just stuck in the middle with this one. I’m very glad I watched it though. And I say “grow up” to anyone who is scared to watch it, as well as “get over it” to those offended by it. We can hardly walk out of our houses these days and mind our own business without offending someone. Piss off and get the hell over it people. If you can’t take a little heat then stay home. I’m tired of being called racist when I’m not, homophobic when I’m not, or sexist when I’m not. You wanna know sexist? Ask any teenage boy who just started driving how much their car insurance is, and then ask a girl of the same age and car what hers is…theres your sexist. People have given me these titles, as well as others, regardless of the truth behind them. Everyone jumps to conclusions, leaves no room for explanation, always finds offense somewhere, and this is exactly why the world will be lucky to even be spinning in a couple hundred years, after the population has gotten out of control, and people just want to kill each other. Good luck future earth bound inhabitants!
Total Abstract Rating: 80% If you can handle Seth Rogen, then it’s time to dive in! If not, don’t sweat it, there are plenty of better films out there for you.
Thanks for reading.