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“The Interview” doesn’t shy away from presenting viewers with the different perspectives in which the world sees North Korea and their leader Kim Jong-Un. It does this by combing the very little we do know about North Korea with the misinformation to create an image that is fairly balanced between the two.

Yet for all of this the movie has major problems that ruins the potential of the plot and setup of the “The Interview”. It features inappropriate jokes that are tied to rear ends, male sexual organs, and sex which will cause people to roll their eyes. If you have seen other movies starring the two leads, this does not come as a big surprise. Thankfully, in the second half of the movie, this is reduced and dropped into the background but it doesn’t change the fact that it feels like it has been done before.

It is true, it has been done too many times, that said if viewers don’t mind these kind of jokes and have no problem with ignoring them, then the movie is decent. It’s not a great movie, and it certainly wasn’t worth the trouble caused by the North Korea government over the release of the movie because “The Interview’s” only sin is suggesting that North Korea dear Supreme Leader isn’t a god.

Still “The Interview” has a number of funny scenes that are balanced by more serious moments, that kick in once the main plot of the movie pulls into swing mid-way through.

One of the major highlights of the movie is indeed everyone’s favorite Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un, played by Randall Park, who does a very good job in playing the role and having fun with it. Another factor that the movie does regards well is its portrayal of Kim Jong-Un, showing that the man himself is just another man doing his best. The portrayal infuses the few facts we do know about the man, presenting a very balanced view of the man, which is best seen when the interview finally happens. It doesn’t go to far in either direction of the portrayal.

The movie also touches on issues that are related to journalism today, which is done subtly through Dave Skylark and Aaron Rapoport’s dialog and interaction during the first half of the movie. This adds some depth to the movie but it isn’t much because it is ruined by inappropriate jokes that will have viewers who can’t stand them roll their eyes.

In short, “The Interview” had potential to be a great comedy considering the subject matter, but the clever plot is ruined by inappropriate jokes that have been seen before in various other movies featuring James Franco and Seth Rogen. So despite the good things I actually liked about “The Interview” it is simply wasted potential and wasn’t worth the amount of time the North Korean government spent attempting to stop the movie from been released.

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