Satire should be served bubbling; so acidic that it burns the spoon on which it is being delivered from. The Interview, by comparison, is a trampled clot of stinging nettles with some tired genital jokes stapled to its stem.
That isn’t to say the film is loathsome. But despite its twisted (and squandered) premise, The Interview only manages to be about as biting as two tittering sixth-formers raspberrying their way through a Politics lesson from the back row.
There’s no bullets in this comedy’s chamber. Just a flag with a crude drawing and the word “Bang!” slapped on it.
Now the hurricane of The Interview‘s release has been squeezed into a teacup, it can be seen for what it is: mediocre comedy and the lamest act of war ever.
CAST: James Franco, Seth Rogen, Lizzy Caplan, Randall Park
DIRECTOR: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen
WRITERS: Dan Sterling, Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen
SYNOPSIS: Dave Skylark and producer Aaron Rapoport run the celebrity tabloid show Skylark Tonight. When they land an interview with a surprise fan, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, they are recruited by the CIA to turn their trip to Pyongyang into an assassination mission.