I was thrilled when I heard the news that The Interview was going to be released as planned on Christmas Day to limited theaters. We live under the protection of freedom of speech, and it was frightening to see how close we came to letting a foreign power dictate what we could or couldn't make or consume. Then, I proceeded to not go watch The Interview. Which is apparently what many others decided to do. According to The Huffington Post, the movie grossed just over $1 million dollars on its first weekend. You know what? I think this is okay. It was still a triumph - because it's just an illustration that the central point was not whether or not the movie was any good (reviews aren't great) or whether or not we wanted to go to the theaters to watch it, but rather that we would not accept that someone else make that decision for us. We have the right to go or not go watch something - and that remains intact. The studio seem to be taking an optimistic view as well, considering the shattering cyberattack they received and the fact that they released the movie to a far smaller percentage of theaters than initially planned, due to security concerns: "Considering the incredibly challenging circumstances, we are extremely grateful to the people all over the country who came out to experience 'The Interview' on the first day of its unconventional release," Rory Bruer, Sony Pictures president of distribution, said in a statement. (quote from HuffPost) You can read more about it in the linked article. Did you go watch The Interview? Out of interest or principle? Are you planning to go?
Freedom Prevailed, But Did The Interview Win?
I'm not really planning to watch it, but I do really respect Randall Park, the actor who played the leader of North Korea in the film. I just don't really like how the film sort of misses the whole point of North Korea. Instead of making fun of how 'strange' the leader is, we should be focusing on helping the North Korean people! :(
I'm not a fan of slapstick comedy (which I heard this is, to some extent) so I don't have plans to watch it, though I wouldn't object to watching it either.
Randall Park is going to have one of the lead roles in Fresh Off The Boat, this new TV show that's coming out in February. I'm really looking forward to it! And yeah, I get what you mean. I don't think they'd necessarily turn a slapstick comedy into a human rights documentary. I heard it was horrible though, and I normally love Seth Rogen movies.
Agreed, @danidee ...I've heard other people express admiration for Park and wanting him to succeed. Definitely not the film if you want a complex treatment of the North Korean situation, though. Not that I was expecting that from it.