By Matthew McKibben | June 12, 2014
First off, take a moment to admire that poster. That movie poster is doing it right, folks. That’s the way to set your movie apart from the rest.
Seth Rogen and James Franco reunite (This Is the End, Pineapple Express, Freaks and Geeks) yet again for The Interview, a political comedy in which James Franco plays the host of a popular tabloid television show, of which Kim Jong-un is a fan. When word comes down that the North Korean leader would like to sit for an interview with the show, James Franco and Seth Rogen (the show’s producers) are tasked (by the CIA presumably) with assassinating the world leader. From the looks of it, things don’t go off smoothly. This is Seth Rogen and longtime collaborator Evan Goldberg’s second directorial effort, after 2013’s This Is the End. I’m obviously going to need to see more, but I am intrigued. I hope that the movie has something to say about international politics and/or entertainment politics and isn’t just an exercise in ripping off the style and tone of Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. The trailer does give the impression that there’s more going on, but in everything from the slow-motion shots, to the music, to the rewriting of world history, Tarantino was the first thing that came to mind. But like I said, I’m intrigued.
The Interview comes out on October 10, 2014 and was produced by Sony Pictures. It stars James Franco, Seth Rogen, and Lizzy Caplan.