The Interview follows the story of Dave Skylark (James Franco), a talk show host who covers such topics as Nicki Minaj's vagina flopping out at the Grammys. Dave's backstage man is Aaron Rappaport (Seth Rogen). Aaron is approached by a member of North Korea who informs him that their leader, Kim Jong-Un (Randall Park), is willing to do an interview with Dave Skylark as he is a rather big fan of the show. They accept, claiming that it will get them higher ratings. Shortly before leaving, Dave and Aaron are approached by the CIA, who request that they kill Kim Jong-Un. And so begins the controversy.
Even if you're not a fan of Rogen or Franco, although I don't see why you're not, The Interview is still a film worth checking out. But seriously, with a film that has this much controversy surrounding it, how could you not want to see it? It's the James Bond film we never got, and it's arguably better than a fair few of the actual James Bond movies. Franco and Rogen bounce off of each other flawlessly, which seems to be becoming a common thing with their films, but hey, I'm not complaining.
What came as the biggest surprise with this movie was how thrilling it was. While the first two acts are a lot of fun, the third act is when the thrills really kick in. It's fast in pace, full of bloody violence and had my heart pounding. The advertising gives away practically everything that happens during this third act, and a scene that was leaked online prior to this film's online release didn't help either, but if you go in forgetting the advertising, then it's a damn good time. I probably shouldn't award this film 4 stars, but it's a controversial movie so I'm going to give it a controversial rating.