Chuckling...I'll admit that assassination-comedies aren't the most tasteful fodder, but the movie looks pretty funny - like wacky NAZIs in Hogan's Heroes, or Mel Brooks' dancing Hitler in The Producers. I justify it this way: North Korea is a humanitarian catastrophe, and any movie that draws attention to the plight of its people is a good thing. Even when the Freaks & Geeks are driving tanks through Pyongyang.
Last week news was broken that Sony Pictures got hacked. Servers were damaged, sensitive document/emails made public, and at least three major upcoming movies were downloaded to torrent sites - basically, made available for free - including the remake of Annie. The Sony cyber attack came from the same place as 2013's South Korean incident that damaged Seoul's banking system, down to malware written in Korean. As Sony owns The Interview, it became pretty obvious that North Korea launched the cyber attack as retaliation for mocking their Dearest Leader. Having watched all the trailers, I'm not sure why the DPRK is so pissed. I mean, Randall Park has far less back fat than the real Kim Jong-Un.
The U.S. On the other hand, revels in news that makes fun of itself. From the moment Sony Pictures was hacked, sites like Gawker made every leaked studio document into headline news. James Franco & Seth Rogen opened SNL with a hacker-mocking monologue, and rather than pulling The Interview, Sony is riding the publicity. Drudge kept Sony as the prominent headline for a good solid week, before moving the story to the columns below. And with each passing day, the leaked documents grow more vulgar...from Angelina Jolie being a bratty diva to Amy Pascal's true feelings about Obama...(gulp). After years of shameless Conservative-bashing, who knew that the LIBERALS were the racists all along? Sony had better send a big Paula Deen apology cake to the White House, before Louis Lerner's replacement releases the IRS hounds on the studio.
"I wonder if Pyongyang can admit the irony to itself," I went on to think. "Considering how many threatening movies have been released by North Korea? That spaceship orbiting the Earth in particular, with 'We Are the World' in MUZAK in the background? The United States being depicted in flames - with footage stolen from our own action films?" Maybe that's the real reason Pyongyang is so pissed by The Interview. Even Sony's comedic films have better special effects. Once again, it's okay for Americans to voice "outrage" over events in the DPRK. But when we DARE not to take Kim Jong-Un as seriously as other world leaders, well... If our Red Star missiles not quite ready to reach Las Angeles yet, maybe we utilize Red Dragon Restaurant's WiFi, comrade. Greetings from North Korea via Beijing, American-Imperialists! Fortune cookie say Leonardo DiCaprio "despicable." It's his fault Titanic sink! It's his fault that only Dearest Leader can understand what "Inception" was all about!
Personally, when The Interview hits the theaters on December 25th, I hope that Sony also releases a Korean dub of the film - both on the internet, as well as in balloons near Paju & Gimpo.
It's a great book to curl up with on Christmas evening, after a matinee of The Interview!
I'm extremely disappointed that Sony pulled The Interview for Christmas; I was planning to see it, and I regret it isn't available. Sony's decision - despite it's cyber-hacks - sends a very, very bad message for everyone involved (especially movie viewers). I understand the concern about Aurora Colorado attacks during the film - fat Kim Jong-Un lookalikes, entering the theaters with guns. But leaked racist emails aside, North Korea hasn't the ability to physically threaten our homeland. And the film, The Interview, despite its tacky tone is just the latest step in informing the USA (and the world) of the horrific isolation that North Koreans endure - in addition to their repression, and the threat of three-generation labor camps. I applaud Sony for choosing to make this picture, but I'm genuinely disgusted for their lack of support. Sure, the leaked emails are embarrassing (and hypocritical), but as a gay Republican, is anyone surprised? Perhaps this is a lesson for liberal-Hollywood, but it ISN'T a time to retreat to political correctness.
Sony, please release this film on-demand, on Christmas day.
Don't be ashamed by your racism...because it comes as no surprise to us.