I was surprised that Sony actually released The Interview online after all the crap that went down. What's crazy is that we actually got it earlier than we were originally supposed to if it weren't pulled from theaters.
This is a pretty big step in the movie industry, one that may have a lasting effect on how we watch movies from now on. Maybe in a few years, we won't have to go to a movie theater in order to see a brand new movie. I guess we'll have to wait and see if The Interview sets an example.
I am a little annoyed with the reviews that tear this movie to shreds. I understand that it had a fair amount of hype to live up to, and it may not have met expectations. I have trouble believing reviews of comedies most of the time anyway, because whether something is funny or not fully depends on what type of person you are. I'm a twenty-something who is usually amused by potty humor, so I thought it was pretty funny. If you expected anything other than an outlandish Seth Rogen comedy, you're crazy. If you're not a fan of Rogen or Franco, don't see the movie.
It's definitely not a bad movie; it's absurd, and at no point does it take itself seriously. I was actually a big fan of the writing, and the jokes were as satisfying as I hoped. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are pretty ingenious, and really had no fear when tackling something as big as assassinating the leader of North Korea. Overall, I thought it was great but definitely not for everybody.
The context of this movie is what's going to get people watching, and rightly so, because this whole situation is insane. I'm glad the movie got released, and I think more than anything, the movie theaters backing out of showing it proves that they may not necessarily fit into a modern society. $6 bucks at home over $20 + $40 for snacks? Count me in for that future.