By Desiree Hoy, Staff Writer
The most talked about movie over Christmas break is the Comedy “The Interview”, starring James Franco and Seth Rogen. The Canadian actor, Seth Rogen, whose directorial debut was the ever popular “40-Year Old Virgin” also directed this film.
Rogen and Franco’s comedic chemistry is undeniable as they have granted laugh after laugh in more recent films together. They came together on the film “This Is the End”, which included an all-star cast with comedians like Kevin Hart, Jonah Hill, and Aziz Ansari.
What makes these two actors stand out is their versatility in different roles. Most comedians have a hard time landing serious roles due to their “Funny Man” reputation, some make others say their performance isn’t believable, but these two can do it all.
The whole film is based on the actors landing an exclusive interview with a ruthless North Korean Dictator which is shocking and very humorous, because the characters only have experience with tabloid stories. The film underwent scrutiny for how North Korea was portrayed which made it hard for the film to be streamed online let alone shown in theatres. Most of the North Korean spectators are very upset about the film release stating that they think Obama forced the film into theatres.
According to a report, “North Korea lambasts U.S. over ‘The Interview,’ says Obama is the ‘culprit’” by Holly Yan and Ben Brumfield for CNN, North Korea’s National Defense Commission said Saturday, “U.S. President Obama is the chief culprit who forced the Sony Pictures Entertainment to ‘indiscriminately distribute’ the movie and took the lead in appeasing and blackmailing cinema houses and theatres in the U.S. mainland to distribute the movie.”
In response to the statement, Obama released his thoughts last week stating, “We cannot have a society in which some dictators someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States, because if somebody is able to intimidate us out of releasing a satirical movie, imagine what they start doing once they see a documentary that they don’t like or news reports that they don’t like.” Obama stands firm on our freedoms granted through the U.S. Constitutional rights, but with that being said, this didn’t stop the North Koreans from imposing a possible counter-attack.
Sony underwent a cyber attack that most believe was done by the North Koreans in retaliation to the film’s release. However, the FBI hasn’t confirmed who is responsible for the attack, so therefore it’s just speculation for now. Despite the film only being released in a very limited amount of independent theatres, it still did well on Christmas Day. Most critics say that Rogen was dead on about a lot of North Korea’s hateful views on the U.S.
Despite, all of the commotion “The Interview” has received moderate-to-high reviews from U.S. critics and fans. “The Interview” is available in select theatres and for rental on iTunes for only $5.99. I highly recommend checking it out as there are some epic and hilarious lines like “They hate us cause they ain’t us”, and “Peanut Butter and Jealousy” that I’m sure people will be using all year.