|The Frankfurt-Tipp rating:|
|Original title:||The Interview|
|Direction:||Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen|
|Production country:||USA 2014|
|Running time:||Ca. 112 min.|
|Rated:||From 12 years|
Hardly any other film has attracted as much attention in recent years as the comedy "The Interview". The work is supposed to have been the reason for a far-reaching hacker attack on the Sony film studio, behind which one suspects wire pullers from North Korea. After there were also threats against the makers and cinemas who wanted to show the film, Sony decided to withdraw the film completely. Suddenly the film became a symbol of artistic freedom and many Americans saw it as their patriotic duty to watch the comedy. Even President Barack Obama intervened in the discussion. When some smaller cinemas agreed to show the film, the film came to the American cinemas at Christmas as originally planned. The hustle and bustle surrounding the hacker attack, the outrage that the film caused in North Korea and the terrorist threats have, of course, also been dealt with extensively in the German media. And so "The Interview" should also get a lot of attention at the cinema release in Germany. The question now arises whether the film really deserves this?
At the center of the story is the vain TV presenter Dave Skylark (James Franco), who has a lot of fame, but little reputation. No wonder that his ambitious producer and best friend Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) feels absolutely unchallenged and longs to finally produce a meaningful show. This could actually succeed when Aaron learns that the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un of all people is a big fan of Dave and would be willing to be interviewed by him. Now that Aaron and Dave have agreed to the terms of the North Korean regime, nothing stands in the way of the controversial interview. But shortly before their departure for North Korea, the two friends are visited by CIA agent Lacey (Lizzy Kaplan), who orders them to kill the dictator. Although they are not suited for this, Dave and Aaron agree with the dangerous mission. But of course everything comes completely different than planned…
The hustle and bustle around "The Interview" can best be described with the words of the immortal William Shakespeare: "Much ado about nothing." Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen make far too little use of the satirical potential of their story and concentrate instead on incorporating as many pubertal penis jokes as possible into the film. Yet, the very beginning reveals what the movie could have been. A wonderfully self-deprecating guest appearance by rapper Eminem, the exaggerated portrayal of James Franco as a TV snob led by his oversized ego, or a biting discussion about quality television - or what is generally thought to be it - give rise to hope for a malicious media satire. Also the scenes in North Korea let the satirical undertone flash through here and there, which the movie would have needed so badly to function.
If the two directors had concentrated on it, then "The Interview" could have had something like meaning. But one prefers to spend minutes on the fact that Aaron has to hide an American probe from the guards and only his anus is suitable for it. Whenever a touch of intelligence and depth appears in history, five cheap faecal gags are added. You don't want to overtax your target audience intellectually. But for a deeper stoner comedy the subject is just too serious. And since the film itself recognizes this in a few moments, the whole work doesn't work at all.
No question, there are some really good laughs in the film. But unfortunately the Flachwitz dominates here, which even for fans of earlier collaborations of the duo Rogen/Franco like "Das ist das Ende" or "Ananas Express" is hard to bear. The fact that this work of all works has become a political issue and a symbol of artistic freedom is almost a little sad. Therefore: detached from all the hustle and bustle, the threats and the political backgrounds "The Interview" is nothing more than a long penis joke, which is only worth seeing for loyal fans of Seth Rogen and James Franco!
An article by Frankfurt-Tipp