IRUNDEEP KHATKAR

In early 2000s, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg first brought about the idea for this film but they put it on hold upon the announcement of King- Jong il’s death. In October 2013 that didn’t stop them from starting the principal photography, then the release onto the internet and other platforms on Christmas Day. However in June 2014 when an unofficial spokesman stated that ‘there is a special irony in this storyline as it shows the desperation of the US government and American society,’ the North Korean government promised to take ‘stern’ action against the USA government affirming that this film was an ‘act of war’.

The computer networks for Sony Entertainment Pictures were hacked by an anonymous group called ‘Guardians of Peace’ on November 2014. Various employee details and internal emails were leaked, with the most interesting being between Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton and RAND Corporation defence analyst Bruce Bennett. Bennett suggested toning down the death scene of Kim-Jon Un in the hopes it would start some ‘real thinking’ in South Korea and hopefully even in North Korea when the DVD leaks into the country. The suggesting being that this film could lead to some kind of uprising in North Korea seems highly unlikely but it does provoke the question. Could this film lead to a revolution? To be honest I doubt it would have done much.

But what made this whole situation more serious is when ‘Guardians of Peace’ threatened to attack the New York premiere, but they later stated that Sony has ‘suffered enough’ and that they could release the film if they made the death Kim-Jong Un ‘not too happy.’ It seemed that this group had won, they finally got their way and the film was cancelled for release as well as the stars of the film cancelling all public appearances. But it all changed when the film was released on 25th December in selected independent cinemas, art house theatres and online. In the first week it made $18 million dollars with just online sales and box office sales were out of the roof. America took this as a declaration of defiance against North Korea and Kim- Jong Un. Even Obama took to adding more sanctions against North Korea for hacking Sony.

The Interview follows the story of entertainment chat show host Dave Skylark (James Franco) and producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) as they land the interview of a lifetime with North Korean dictator Kim Jong- Un (Randall Park). However they are instructed by the CIA to ‘take down’ Kim Jong- Un. If you loved Pineapple Express and This Is The End then you will understand the humour of James Franco and Seth Rogen. This film is not any different with crude jokes and lots of gun fights, this film is full of laughs for those who love the Rogen/Franco partnership. Scenes between Dave Skylark and Kim- Jong Un are hilarious as they sing Katy Perry’s Firework in a tank and smoke cigars. It is odd seeing a strangely compassionate side of the character of Kim-Jon Un but that does not last long. This film is no revolutionary piece of cinema. The disillusion between the seriousness of the issues in North Korea and the comedy at some points does make slightly hard to watch, if you don’t understand the humour. However, I would suggest this film to anyone maybe with a slight caution of not taking the film too seriously as I can imagine some people might fall into that trap

3/5