After all the drama that started a couple of weeks ago, it looks like moviegoers in the United States will be able to see The Interview after all.
The question is: Do you even want to spend your cash on the movie?
Following last week's announcement that the movie will be pulled from theaters across the country; Sony Pictures announced on Tuesday that the action-comedy movie directed by Seth Rogen will have a "limited theatrical release" on Christmas Day.
Although a major hack against Sony, allegedly at the hands of North Koreans upset with the movie's assassination plot, highlighted Sony’s substandard cyber security system and incompetency, it certainly brought a lot of attention to all its films slated for release – especially The Interview.
And it makes you wonder, is it really that good a movie?
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While the scandal could cost Sony almost $100 million, for Rogen, it has helped widen his movie's potential audience – something that he might not have been able to do on his own, had the hackers not intervened, and this shouldn’t really come as a surprise.
Why? It’s because it shouldn’t have been made in the first place.
Apart from the fact that it has a ridiculous plot, it depicts a rather gory assassination of a living head of state of a country which – even if involving someone like Kim Jong-un – is not considered funny, generally. Imagine a movie, let’s suppose made in Iran, which revolved around the assassination of President Barack Obama. Doesn’t sound really funny, does it?
“The Interview is not exactly hard-hitting political satire. It’s more like a gross-out jamboree with just enough political window-dressing to make it seem ‘daring,’” Christian Science Monitor film critic Peter Rainer wrote.
The only reason why people will try their best to love the controversial movie is because it has, quite unusually, now become a matter of defying hackers who threatened to carry out terrorist attacks on American soil.
Consider this: It's reasonable to assume Republicans aren't Seth Rogen's target audience for his movies. But the Republican National Committee chairman wrote a letter urging theaters to show The Interview – and remember that Sony hack was by the GOP (Guardians of Peace), not the GOP (Grand Old Party).
Meanwhile, Sony may be set to laugh all the way to the bank over the controversy it drummed up about The Interview and standing up to North Korea.