“The Interview” Was Stupid

MOVIE WASN’T WORTH THE FUSS … || By FITSNEWS ||  So we finally got around to watching The Interview, the Sony Pictures’ “action comedy” starring James Franco and Seth Rogen.  This, of course, is the movie purportedly responsible for a rash of cyber attacks/ terrorist threats emanating from the Democratic People’s…


|| By FITSNEWS ||  So we finally got around to watching The Interview, the Sony Pictures’ “action comedy” starring James Franco and Seth Rogen.  This, of course, is the movie purportedly responsible for a rash of cyber attacks/ terrorist threats emanating from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (a.k.a. DPRK, or “North Korea”).

Except it wasn’t …

Sadly, we fell for the narrative … believing North Korea really was (is) crazy enough to elevate global tensions over an otherwise forgettable buddy film that happened to focus on a government plot to murder dictator Kim Jong-un.  But that’s not what happened.  The North Koreans were upset, to be sure … but they didn’t hack Sony.  Nor did they level any threats against America (at least not any new, credible ones).

The whole thing was an exercise in tail-chasing … not unlike The Interview itself.

Don’t get us wrong: The premise and plot underpinning this movie had limitless potential – and its cinematographers succeeded in making the audience feel as though they had been whisked away to the most secretive, unstable regime in the world.

The crass jokes were all hitting their marks, the transitions were on point, and the exquisitely uniformed North Koreans filled their bad guy boots every bit as deftly as the Nazis in an Indiana Jones movie.  Oh, and we absolutely loved Lizzy Caplan, the Mean Girls alum who portrayed a dead sexy Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operative responsible for orchestrating the fictitious assassination plot.

But just when the movie appeared to be on the verge of achieving something truly rare – an artful, accurate, thought-provoking global political comedy neatly wrapped in side-splitting slapstick – something went painfully wrong.

At the very moment The Interview had us thoroughly invested in its depiction of Kim-Jong-un as a thirty something playboy with daddy issues – a closet lover of Katy Perry’s “Firework” and margaritas (which he was led to believe were “gay”) – it lost us.

We don’t know how to say it other than the movie just unraveled …

In its attempted depiction of the hypothetical overthrow of the world’s only socialist monarchy – which should have been The Interview‘s rousing crescendo – the movie instead descended into a chaotic, disjointed progression of gratuitous gore and random silliness.

Simply put, it got really stupid … really fast.  And in so doing, it squandered otherwise excellent performances by Franco, Rogen and Caplan (and of course Randall Park, who excelled in the role of Kim).

Back in the real world, we continue to support North Korea’s right to govern itself as it chooses – and to pursue nuclear weapons if it so chooses.  Of course we also believe the United States (like any other nation) has the right to preemptively attack this “rogue” nation’s military in the event its leaders make a credible threat against our homeland.

Of course given its own lack of credibility … our government had better bring real evidence of such a threat.


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You Know Me January 28, 2015 at 9:59 am

Substitute “Taylor” for “The Interview,” and you’re spot on! Oh, and the movie was dumb, too.

Smirks January 28, 2015 at 10:00 am

Simply put, it got really stupid … really fast.

People go into Seth Rogan movies expecting something different?

GrandTango January 28, 2015 at 10:08 am

So FITS got manipulated and made to look stupid by a bunch of lying liberals…LMAO…

WOW…That’s the first time that’s happened…or at least that’s what Tom Ervin told you….LMAO….

FastEddy23 January 28, 2015 at 10:51 am

Lying liberals … Isn’t that a double intraday ?

My expensive profitable iPad doesn’t have entodray in the spell checker.

GrandTango January 28, 2015 at 11:27 am

Apple is the marketing of overpriced product because they make liberals feel like they are in a special club, reserved for the Snobs they claim to hate….

FastEddy23 January 28, 2015 at 1:47 pm

Sad but true. Especially so when considering that Steve Jobs holds the record for being the greatest tax dodger of all time (exception might be Sandy the Weasel). (The Steve took compensation in Apple stock which he never sold and cruised the world on the totally deductible company jet. … Now on the Forbes list of 25 dead Billionaires who still make money.)

Mark Petereit January 28, 2015 at 3:05 pm

Duh. It’s not income until you sell it.

Evade the looters January 28, 2015 at 4:41 pm

That makes him a hero in my book.

Mark Petereit January 29, 2015 at 12:57 pm

For “overpriced product” they sure are flying off the shelves. Demand often exceeds supply which seems to indicate they’re actually under-priced.

GrandTango January 29, 2015 at 2:05 pm

Wow: I’m guessing you are NOT a Logic Major? LMAO…

Mark Petereit January 30, 2015 at 4:16 pm

I am a professional software developer and was an MIS major in college, which is about as close as you can get to a “Logic Major”, so Wow! I’m guessing you’re about to say something really stupid.

GrandTango January 30, 2015 at 4:28 pm

You represent yourself as petulant, arrogant and condescending, and you seem to assume you are something special…

If you really were exceptional, I don’t think you’d be bragging so much about your fairly common job, and your “major.” (Did not say if you graduated?) You’d have more confidence in your intelligence, and that observers would recognize it, w/o you documenting it.

At any rate: the fact that a large market is duped into paying more than a product is worth (See Air Jordans) because of snob (or cool-kid) appeal, has nothing to do w/ ACTUAL value in relation to price…you pious, F*#king yuppie Dumb@$$…

Mark Petereit January 30, 2015 at 4:30 pm

Yep. My brilliant powers of logic proved prescient once again.

GrandTango January 30, 2015 at 4:43 pm

So did your arrogance.

Mark Petereit January 28, 2015 at 3:04 pm

Funny, my expensive profitable iPad knows how to spell entendre just fine. (Hint: you have to at least get in the same ballpark.)

FastEddy23 January 29, 2015 at 12:42 pm

“entendre” … Must be OK, iPad/Mac didn’t reject it = thx.

Bible Thumper January 28, 2015 at 10:34 am

“believing North Korea really was (is) crazy enough”

This is Will Folks problem. He only believes that Lindsey Graham and McCain are crazy. There is plenty of evidence the North Korea does crazy things. Will just refuses to believe people can be that crazy. The latest information is that North Korea did hack Sony. We know this because ironically the US hacked the computers that NK used to do it.

Surely Putin doesn’t want to ruin Russia’s economy by pursuing a crazy notion of a reconstituted Soviet empire. Like Obama says “The 80’s are calling and looking for their foreign policy”.

Those radical Islamic terrorist are only mad at us because we bomb them. They aren’t crazy enough to think they can destroy the US and Europe. Beheading, mass graves, and modern day slavery doesn’t indicate that they are crazy. They’re just misunderstood.

FastEddy23 January 28, 2015 at 10:48 am

“Stupid is as stupid does.”

sparklecity January 28, 2015 at 11:38 am

It did have it’s funny moments plus……….. IT WAS A GUY’S MOVIE FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!!!!!
When i was in the “Big Sandy” I would watch stuff I never would have paid money to see back home.
I watched “Team America” (a very similar flick) in Afghanistan back in 2005. I would have never paid money to see it back home. But guess what, it was funny (and involved puppet sex of all things). And I saw it with the perfect audience – dudes mostly in their late teens & 20’s. I laughed my ass off and will never forget the experience.
Looks like FITS ain’t a “real guy’ at all.
And I’m kinda not surprised at that.

sparklecity January 28, 2015 at 12:04 pm

Two words:
“Tiger patch”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PCAlum January 28, 2015 at 2:26 pm

it was exactly what it was supposed to be, and it was perfect for the target audience. the only reason were even talking about it is because NK made some threats and theatre owners are cowards

kinsley wentzky Whore January 29, 2015 at 10:38 am

kinsley wentzky is a sex offender


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