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    THE INTERVIEW

    PROSSIMAMENTE (2016 ?) - PREVIEW in ENGLISH by SCOTT FOUNDAS, (www.variety.com)

    (The Interview; USA 2014; Commedia d'azione; 112'; Produz.: Columbia Pictures/Point Grey Pictures; Distribuz.: Warner Bros. Pictures)

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    Titolo in italiano: The Interview

    Titolo in lingua originale: The Interview

    Anno di produzione: 2014

    Anno di uscita: 2016

    Regia: Evan Goldberg e Seth Rogen

    Sceneggiatura:

    Cast: James Franco (Dave Skylark)
    Seth Rogen (Aaron Rapaport)
    Lizzy Caplan (Agente Lacey)
    Randall Park (Kim Jung-Un)
    Diana Bang (Sook)
    Timothy Simons (Malcolm)
    Reese Alexander (Agente Botwin)
    James Yi (Ufficiale Koh)
    Paul Bae (Ufficiale Yu)
    Geoff Gustafson (Cole)
    Anesha Bailey (Janet)
    Anders Holm (Jake)
    Charles Rahi Chun (Generale Jong)

    Musica: Henry Jackman

    Costumi: Carla Hetland

    Scenografia: Jon Billington

    Fotografia: Brandon Trost

    Montaggio: Zene Baker e Evan Henke

    Effetti Speciali: Mike Kruper (supervisore)

    Casting: Francine Maisler

    Scheda film aggiornata al: 21 Dicembre 2015

    Sinossi:

    Un dittatore spietato, un complotto firmato CIA e l’intervista sognata da una vita. Cosa succede quando il re delle interviste ed il suo producer si improvvisano assasini?

    Dave Skylark (James Franco) è il re delle interviste alle celebrità e conduttore del famoso talk show trash “Skylark Tonight”. Il cervello dietro il successo di Dave è il suo producer e migliore amico, Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen).

    Egli realizza il sogno di una vita quando procura a Dave un’intervista con Kim Jong-un, il dittatore misterioso e spietato della Corea del Nord. Quando Dave e Aaron si preparano a partire, vengono avvicinati dalla CIA che chiede loro di assassinare il dittatore. I due accettano la missione, diventando gli uomini meno qualificati di sempre ad assassinare – o intervistare – l’uomo più pericoloso della terra.

    In the action-comedy The Interview, Dave Skylark (James Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show "Skylark Tonight." When they discover that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show, they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. As Dave and Aaron prepare to travel to Pyongyang, their plans change when the CIA recruits them, perhaps the two least-qualified men imaginable, to assassinate Kim Jong-un.

    Commento critico (a cura di SCOTT FOUNDAS, www.variety.com)

    NORTH KOREA IS RIGHT TO OBJECT: SETH ROGEN AND EVAN GOLDBERG'S KIM JONG-UN ASSASSINATION FARCE IS A TERROR ATTACK ... AGAINST COMEDY.

    North Korea can rest easy: America comes off looking at least as bad as the DPRK in “The Interview,” an alleged satire that’s about as funny as a communist food shortage, and just as protracted. For all its pre-release hullabaloo — including two big thumbs down from Sony hackers the Guardians of Peace — this half-baked burlesque about a couple of cable-news bottom-feeders tasked with assassinating Korean dictator Kim Jong-un won’t bring global diplomacy to its knees, but should feel like a kind of terror attack to any audience with a limited tolerance for anal penetration jokes. Extreme devotees of stars James Franco and Seth Rogen (who also co-directed with Evan Goldberg) may give this Christmas offering a pass, but all others be advised: An evening of cinematic

    waterboarding awaits.

    Rogen and Goldberg, who made their combined directorial debut on last year’s shrewdly funny Jewish apocalypse romp, “This Is the End,” come down quite a few pegs for this follow-up, which seems to have been born out of Dennis Rodman’s eyebrow-raising 2013 visits to North Korea, but never really developed beyond the concept stage. (The screenplay is credited to first-timer Dan Sterling, a veteran TV writer-producer, from a story by Sterling, Rogen and Goldberg.)

    That concept revolves around “Skylark Tonight,” a high-rated, low-minded TV talk show hosted by preening pretty-boy Dave Skylark (Franco, decked out in pinstripes and paisley pocket squares), who’s like an unholy cross between Larry King and Perez Hilton. A typical Skylark evening might consist of Eminem coming out as gay or Rob Lowe coming out as bald (scenes that allow for the obligatory parade of self-deprecating celebrity cameos). But a decade into the program’s run, serious

    journalistic credibility remains as elusive as on day one — a fact that weighs heavy on the heart of Skylark’s producer, Aaron Rapaport (Rogen), a journalism school grad who got into the business with dreams of “60 Minutes” dancing in his head.

    Eager to cheer his buddy up, Skylark proposes that the duo land an exclusive interview with Kim, who’s known to be a fan of the show and who’s back in the headlines after recently test-launching a nuclear missile at an uninhabited Pacific island. When Kim proves a willing subject (after a mildly amusing sequence in which an ill-equipped Rogen hikes to a remote northern Chinese mountaintop to meet with North Korean government negotiators), a ratings bonanza seems in the offing. But first, the CIA arrives in the form of the lissome Agent Lacey (Lizzy Caplan), who draws on her feminine wiles (“honeypotting,” in the movie’s parlance) to persuade Dave

    and Aaron to do the Agency a solid and kill Kim while they’re at it. “It’s 2014. Women are smart now,” observes Dave — a line that would seem funnier if “The Interview” didn’t keep acting positively agog whenever a smart woman actually turns up.

    There are the makings here of a buffoonish espionage farce in the tradition of Woody Allen’s “Bananas” or Elaine May’s underrated “Ishtar,” but just when “The Interview” should be revving its comic engines, it seems to hit the brakes. By far the movie’s funniest, most outre scene is its first: a phalanx of patriotic North Korean schoolchildren singing an anthem whose lyrics are translated as “Die, America, die” and “May your women all be raped by beasts of the jungle.” But once Dave and Aaron themselves arrive in Pyongyang (actually Vancouver), they are ferried to their quarters in Kim’s sprawling presidential palace, and there they remain

    for most of the rest of the movie’s running time. It’s a strategy that deprives “The Interview” of one of its richest comic possibilities: seeing these two characters at play in the world’s most isolated, information-deprived “republic.”

    Indeed, the 24 million-strong North Korean masses are scarcely glimpsed in a movie that quickly settles into a kind of slapstick palace intrigue, with Kim’s glowering security chief (James Yi) shooting dagger-like glances at the American interlopers while a pert propaganda minister (Diana Bang) throws come-hither ones Aaron’s way. Rogen and Goldberg never get a sustained comic rhythm going, and they bungle even some of their better gags. The slow-acting poison with which the characters are meant to contaminate Kim, concealed on a small adhesive strip, practically begs to be passed around like a hot potato, or perhaps lost in a Band-Aid factory, but all we get is a rather lame bit about Aaron

    having to conceal the poison (and its large conical container) inside his rectum. And when all else fails in “The Interview” (which it often does), to the rectum the movie invariably returns.

    Most of the movie plays like an extended parody of MTV’s “Cribs” series, as the mutually starstruck Dave and Kim (Randall Park) go joyriding in a military tank and bond over their mutual love for fast cars, loose women and … Katy Perry (a karaoke duet that isn’t a patch on Franco’s unforgettable rendition of Britney Spears’ “Everytime” from “Spring Breakers”). Kim himself is all too predictably depicted as a petulant man-child with major daddy and masculinity issues (gay panic being another of the movie’s inexhaustible comic chestnuts), but Park (“Veep,” “Neighbors”) plays the role with an infantile glee that gives his scenes more kick than they deserve.

    Better still is Bang, who has the benefit of playing the smartest

    character in the movie and who acts out her (inexplicable) animal attraction to Rogen with guileless abandon. She comes equipped with her own subversive plan: Instead of killing Kim, she proposes, Dave and Aaron should humanize him, Barbara Walters-style, on national television, thereby dispelling the official notion that he is a superhuman being unencumbered by ordinary human needs (such as bowel movements). But that plan, along with what little goodwill “The Interview” has amassed up to then, is literally shot to pieces during a long and excessively gory, “Pineapple Express”-style third act that seems to have dropped in from a 1980s Arnold Schwarzenegger movie.

    Oppressive, fascistic dictatorships have proved fertile ground for comic filmmakers from Chaplin and Lubitsch to Wes Anderson and Quentin Tarantino (whose “Inglourious Basterds” is another obvious reference point here). But “The Interview” is scarcely as funny or absurd as the average news item about North Korea itself,

    with two main characters who are so aggressively annoying that you secretly hope the assassination plot will turn against them. Franco, who can be an inspired, inventive actor when he wants to be, plays Skylark as a smart person’s idea of a stupid person, and after a while his puppyish energy and incessant ear-to-ear grin become toxic to behold. Rogen, meanwhile, soldiers along as dutifully as he can, playing his sad-sack Sancho Panza routine to diminishing returns. Where oh where are Team America: World Police when we really need them?

    The end result is shockingly genteel. Taking potshots at Kim is like shooting fermented fish in a barrel; doing that while maintaining a real undercurrent of nuclear menace (a la “Dr. Strangelove”), or the sense that North Korea might be capable of a large-scale global computer hack, would be something else altogether. Alas, these North Koreans don’t seem capable of hacking

    a Commodore 64. The hype around “The Interview” suggests a take-no-prisoners dirty bomb of a movie, but the reality is more like a deflated whoopee cushion. It goes splat.

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