This afternoon I went to the Somerville Theater to see The Interview and I am glad to report that Davis Square is still standing.
I was initially not planning to see this movie because I thought it looked really stupid. Then came the hacking threats and the subsequent decision of the theater chains not to show it and then Sony’s decision to withdraw the film from distribution. It then became a matter of principle for me to see it in public.
Of course, Sony reversed itself. I know there are people who thing this whole thing was an elaborate publicity stunt. But if that’s the case then why is it only been shown in the indy theaters?
But once The Interview was released, I had to back up my words and see it. I didn’t want to see it because I still thought it would be stupid. Well, I am pleased to report that it exceeded all my expectations. It is in the tradition of Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator. Seth Rogen was far less annoying than usual.
I can see why Kim Jong Un and the upper echelon of North Korea’s Communist Party would hate this movie. Its underlying message is that Kim Jong Un is thought of as a God in North Korea. This film makes Kim look like anything but a diety.
If North Korean defector Park Sang Hak is successful in dropping 100,000 copies of The Interview into North Korea it could be the spark that brings the Communist regime to an end. Granted, this spark might take decades to reach full bloom. If there’s one thing totalitarian regimes cannot abide is mockery. If The Interview encourages a significant segment of North Korea’s population to view Kim as a cruel tyrant then it will demonstrate that every now and then something good can come out of Hollywood.