2014 is a year that just keeps on giving. But sometimes, not necessarily the best things. As I sit in front of the computer screen being a 'keyboard warrior', I feel like there's a need for a comment to be made after watching this movie, and that this is one of the worst movies made in history, and I'm not talking about cinematography or shots, but the plot and the underlying messages - the themes, what it affects, and of course the consequences it has set off, even though it cannot be more clear in he beginning.
I alike so many people(or like to think so), saw the trailer or even read the plot on wikipedia or wherever, and found it incredibly funny or at the least entertaining and plan to catch this comedy piece during the holiday season for a good laugh - especially since Seth Rogen directed, produced and acted in it.
Initially I really didn't understand the social impact or why North Korea had such violent objection and hostility to it, but upon watching it, I absolutely understand why.
The movie opens with a young North- Korean girl singing ill wills about Americans to a crowd of North Koreans, which puts and encourages hostility among the East & the West, with hopes of American women getting raped and having their own family members see their own suffer. This was never something that was proven and was all plotted for even heavier stereotyping of the isolated country.
In the trailer, we only see how funny and James Franco & Kim Jong-Un got along, and viewers are given the idea that this is going to be a show with a happy ending, and that they are not going to assassinate the latter. However, in the film itself, they portrayed Kim as a almost bi-polar person living in the shadows of his father and decides to bomb America when the interview turns the direction he didn't want.
With comedy that isn't at all funny, and also gore and blood which served absolutely no purpose, which only adds how irrelevant this film is. The film ends off with Seth & James shooting the Helicopter Kim was on with a tank.
What's disturbing with the film is not just what we see, but also what it is trying to say. The smarter side of the population will understand that this is a film and just a bad scrip by Seth and his team. But unfortunately, not all people are necessary that smart, and surely there are going to be so many people who thinks that this is real.
For those who still don't see why this film is so dangerous, imagine a film written EXPLICITLY KILLING YOUR COUNTRY'S LEADER, Obama, Lee Hsien Loong for instance. Wouldn't you be enraged and you really think your country's government is going to keep mum and just pretend this is all for entertainment so it is ok?
Clearly, even though things like that are passed on as films, the theme of it is enough to start conflicts and full-on nuclear exchange. As a viewer, it scares me what is going on in the mind of the team that decided to go forth with this project, more specifically Seth Rogen.
It somehow didn't go through his mind the consequences that this would inflict and people would just simply look past the current situation with North Korea and laugh at the comedy points that just simply didn't translate, at all.
Not that I stand with North Korea or its method of ruling, but just the way Kim was portrayed in the film, is enough to anger those who stand by the lines of DPRK. Like I've said, they made him look like a bi-polar person who can't seem to effectively rule and control his emotions. Not that those claims are false, but it's just not right, not even in the name of comedy(which clearly failed)
In short, I am happy that this film is pulled off the cinemas and I hope people are not well-versed enough to get access of it on the web. But hey, who am I kidding, even a tech idiot like me managed to find it.