Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Quick Movie Review: The Interview (2014)
Amidst the controversy of a film that was more famous prior to its release than Star Wars VII, you sort of have a fear in anticipation of seeing this movie. Will they find me and kill me for purchasing a ticket? Am I contributing to an act of war? Maybe I'm just paranoid. Nonetheless I'm glad I decided to take the risk.
Seth Rogen sure knows how to stay relevant. Part of that reason is the fact that he still refuses to sit back and become complacent. No. He still takes risks with comedy and with his career. And it's never been more evident than with his current piece of work. He, partnered with Evan Goldberg, loves asking "what if?" while answering it just as eloquently.
Besides it's edgy nature--as we all know the general plot--this film eventually moves beyond predictable, down a rabbit hole where anything could be at the bottom.
It's not so much of a political commentary because they're telling us everything we already know, but it's the smartest film they have written to date. Their maturity level goes up another notch. They tone down the potty humor in favor of a much smarter straight-man/banana-man schtick.
And it's the most consistently funny comedy that I've seen in awhile--along the lines of Jonah Hill's 21 Jump Street adaptation. What's typical with films of this genre is that the 1st act usually fills itself with rapid fire jokes, while the rest of the film focuses more on story and less on humor (e.g. Dumb and Dumber or Caddyshack). But The Interview manages to keep you laughing AND equally engaged in the unpredictable story at the same time.
There's not a lot that doesn't work. Maybe we could see some better character growth, but when it comes down to it we don't feel robbed of anything as the credits roll.
Rogen and Goldberg definitely have a knack for good ideas, and it's clear through their direction of this film. They take chances with the action and they're never afraid to ask each other, "What if we [blank]?" They outdid themselves, as this is their best piece of work yet.
Twizard Rating: 95