Yet, when they finally arrive in Pyongyang, mission goals become strew. The Interview's biggest fallacy is the redundancy of the same old comedy dance routine audiences have grown accustomed to with other Rogen/Franco projects. The imbalance of perceived intelligence between the two is old; the constant homeroticism and references to each other's genitalia are old; the inevitable fight over the misconception that Rogen is right while Franco is invariably wrong is old. Even the most adoring fans of Rogen and Franco will have difficulties finding gut-busting scenes here. The Interview was designed to operate as a satire, and while certain depictions of Kim Jong-un are funny, it comes off more as insulting to Korean culture as a whole rather than directed at one man. Some of the funnier scenes occur when Skylark and Kim Jong-un are just palling around and discovering each other as friends, confiding in each other about their love of Katy Perry.
Most of that can and should be attributed to Park's portrayal of the North Korean leader. His physical quirks are on a par with the one-liners he delivers throughout, and in a stale film reeking of recycled jokes from movies past, he had a refreshing tone that keeps things going, just about. There are funny moments, of course, but they are sporadic and too far spread out. The Interview may have benefited in investing more energy in compiling a stronger supporting cast - this would have at least allowed the humour to potentially branch out and find new gags that unfortunately weren't present. It's imperative that the movie has the freedom to be shown around the world without fear of repercussion, but aside from the curiosity that stems from the global gawk factor at the situation, it's one that can be skipped.
Julia Alexander | @loudmouthjulia