The Interview

As you hopefully gathered from the title of this post, I watched The Interview recently, and this is about that…

I didn’t expect much at all from this. I expected an over-the-top raunchy, new age SNL level, lame attempt at comedy, bro film made to cater to the mass audience of “comedy” consuming folk of the new wave of movies that are poor excuses for comedy. I didn’t expect to laugh very much…I laughed a lot.

I really enjoyed the movie. But I’m a sucker for a great comedy duo (not calling Rogen and Franco greats, but I think they’re pretty great). David Spade and Chris Farley, Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, The Three Stooges, Cheech and Chong, Parks and Rec, and Frodo and Sam (it’s fitting). Having said that, the best part of the movie was definitely the awkwardly hilarious interactions between Rogen and Franco. They reminded me of my interactions with my friends and they just seemed naturally awkward. So it definitely appealed to me. It felt like I was just watching Franco and Rogen have every day conversations with each other for most of the movie (you basically are). Franco really isn’t that funny in my opinion, but many times I found myself laughing because he was so not funny that it was entertaining.

There is a lot of raunchy humor in this movie. A LOT. Please don’t watch this with your family unless you enjoy awkwardly awkward experiences and horrifying your parents. I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone mainly because of the raunchy humor in the movie. It’s heavily geared toward a male audience. Pretty much everything about it screams “Your girlfriend will hate you for making her watch this” (obviously not all girls will hate it, though. Just a generalization on my part). The story is freaking hilarious. It’s a plot to assassinate Kim Jong-un that involves a comedic talk show host (Franco) as the assassin. They score an interview with Jong-un because he’s a fan of the show and they’re flown to N.K. to do the scripted interview. The events in the movie are mostly ludicrous and hilarious. Warning: There’s a really random couple-second-long sex scene that’s pretty unnecessary as well as a party scene with some nudity. There’s a few unnecessary scenes that I really could have gone without, but that’s expected from Rogen and Franco. Other than that, I enjoyed basically every second of the movie. The level of satire in the movie is great. The entire thing throws all of the views of N.K. and its leader at the viewer and the movie does a cool job of portraying a view on Jong-un.

I don’t want to ruin anything in this short review, so I don’t want to give too many details. It’s very entertaining and I recommend it to guys. It’s a great guys night movie unless you struggle with the things that are involved in the movie. Crude humor makes up most of the inappropriate content in the movie. It was immensely better than what I thought it would be. The political satire was wonderful. If you’ve seen The Dictator and liked it, you should definitely enjoy this. There are many serious lessons that you could draw from this movie, but I’ll let you decide what they are. Overall, it’s a great comedy movie with an interesting story and some action (they go Tarantino at one point). I could have done without some of the raunchy humor, though. Also: lots of LOTR references. That was awesome.

This review was much shorter than my last one, and I might have left quite a few things out because this is a comedy movie and there really isn’t a lot that I can write about this movie. If you’d like to know more of my thoughts, just let me know!

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The Interview

Selma is Free at Last!

I saw Selma earlier today. It was absolutely fantastic. The cinematography and presentation of all of the events were awesome, even though they were very brutal and detailed. Despite how many people will probably feel about the brutality, they didn’t go as far as they could have (Tarantino style). The movie focuses on MLK Jr.’s adventures concerning Selma, Alabama (hopefully that’s easy to pick up on). It’s after the events in Birmingham, so no “I Have a Dream” speech, although it’s referenced plenty of times throughout the film. It details the fight for the right for African-Americans to vote in America in the 60’s, specifically in Alabama. The right was in existence, but Alabama had done its best to prevent them from voting at that point mainly by making requirements for voter registration ludicrous and nearly impossible for most black citizens, which is shown in a scene at the beginning of the movie.

The film does get a few things wrong; so, historians, please don’t get your hopes too high going into this. Google scholars, as well, don’t get upset when you google things from the film and they aren’t exactly historically accurate. That shouldn’t deter people from seeing this film, just as I don’t think it should for films like Noah and Exodus: gods and kings (that’s another story, sorry if you disagree). The film focuses more on the tension among all of the major figures involved in this part of the civil rights movement as well as the brutality involved in the Selma part of the civil rights journey. The only thing that bugged me (and it didn’t bug me very much) was the portrayal of J. Edgar and LBJ. J. Edgar is portrayed as an evil guy willing to do anything that involves killing to get the job done. That’s kind of understandable, though, but LBJ is portrayed as being completely opposed to MLK Jr.’s efforts from the beginning. Not completely opposed, but just unwilling to fully cooperate immediately. He constantly refuses to fully cooperate with MLK Jr.’s efforts to fight against Alabama. In reality, I don’t really know exactly how their relationship was behind closed doors, because they were closed and it happened before I was born; but the general understanding is that they worked well together on the issues, although LBJ asked MLK Jr. to wait until later to handle this because of the other issues going on in the world. He’s portrayed as a very negative and angry man, and he doesn’t really come around to MLK Jr.’s view until he comes face to face with the problem. I loved that they put the element of waiting into the movie. That was something that seriously irked MLK Jr. in his day, and it’s something that he writes on in his “Letter From a Birmingham Jail” (which, if you haven’t read, you definitely should. Especially before watching this movie). The civil rights movement was constantly asked to wait. If it wasn’t told to stop, it was told to wait until a better time. The movie captures it very well, especially MLK Jr.’s real hesitations and then understanding that life is now, not in the future.

When MLK Jr. is not opposed by the president in the film, he’s opposed by his cohorts in the movement as well as the brutal political figures in Alabama (who were quite accurately portrayed, unfortunately for them). The part that I really appreciated them putting into the film was a cameo appearance of Malcolm X. Recently, with all of the Ferguson riots, there have been many mentions of both MLK Jr. and Malcolm X, usually in the same reference. I’m not going to put my opinion of the Ferguson incident in here, but I will say that I don’t like it when Malcolm X and MLK Jr. quotes are used together to support the same point. These two figures were fighting for the same thing: equality. However, they went about it in very different ways, and the movie does a great job of showing that. They weren’t enemies, but they weren’t exactly fighting together. Sorry for the tangent, just really wanted to address that lol.

The movie does not demonize white people, although it may seem like it at first. They just do a good portrayal of the opposition to the civil rights movement. They do a great job of showing some of the white supporters of the movement in the film, and showing what happened to them.

In conclusion to this long/short review, this movie was fantastic. The music was great, and the acting was freaking awesome. The story was great and extremely inspiring, just as the true story is. The movie does a wonderful job of depicting this very intense period of the civil rights movement and most of the people involved, especially MLK Jr. I was very glad that they did not remove the element of faith involved in the movement. Not just because I am a Christian, but because that was the most important motivation behind MLK Jr.’s role in the movement. He’s always been an inspiring figure in my life, and the people of my generation should always remember his words, “Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.” and “Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.” I highly recommend this movie to everyone. I don’t think that I would recommend bringing your kids, just because of the intensity and violence, but you might, it’s your choice. It’s definitely a tearjerker, so just prepare yourself.

There were many things that I didn’t put into this review and many things that I might not have needed to put in, but you can comment and ask if you want to know about anything else. I have plenty of opinions. This is the first time that I’ve ever written a movie review, but I love movies so I might do more. Let me know if you like it.

Selma is Free at Last!

This Is What My Life Has Become

So….this is what my life has come to. After spending this previous week at the Defend The Faith conference in New Orleans and hearing about everyone’s blog, I decided to start my own (because imitation is great flattery). I had been thinking of doing a blog for awhile. Not for the purpose of telling people my thoughts as much as for the purpose of getting these thoughts out of my head. I’ll write about random things, with a focus on theology and entertainment (music, movies, and video games) or anything else that I decide to “write” about. I don’t know if many people will find this or look at it, but I hope that my random thoughts can have some kind of positive affect on your life.

This Is What My Life Has Become