Recently I made the joke that North Korea reminds me of that tiny 5 pound Chihuahua that thinks it’s a Doberman. They’re a country that’s so inconsequential, yet they actually seem to believe that they’re some superpower to be feared all over the world. I’m still not sure if that’s the fake bravado that they have to project because of the outrageous lies they tell their citizens or that they’re so delusional and deranged that they actually believe that other countries take them seriously.
But who knew a comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco would have caused such a stir. Granted, it’s a movie made about the assassination of a still in power, and alive, Kim Jong Un – but come on, it’s a cheeseball comedy. And if previous movies involving these two are any indication of what we can expect (I haven’t watched it yet myself), this movie is most likely a 112 minute vessel for a lot of fart and sexually laced jokes mixed with drug references.
Nevertheless, for months North Korea has been throwing a hissy fit over the release of this movie. From threats of war to an actual hack of Sony itself (according to our government), they’ve made it perfectly clear that they are not at all happy with this movie being made, let alone released.
But in their ridiculous and childish attempts to say or do whatever they could to try to get this movie blocked from any kind of public release, North Korea has, in fact, guaranteed that this movie will be more popular than it ever would have been otherwise.
Because let’s be real, this movie wasn’t going to be all that popular 0r make a great deal of money. While it might very well be funny to many, it was never going to be something talked about by everyone from the President of the United States to just about every possible media entity in this country. Hell, if anything North Korea’s childish hissy fit provided The Interview with the kind of free publicity Sony never could have fathomed.
Currently at the time of this writing, The Interview has an astonishing 9.8 rating on IMDB.
And at the end of the day all North Korea’s ridiculousness ended up doing was ensure that even more people will now go out of their way to see The Interview and that Sony makes more money than they ever could have possibly imagined when they first decided to make this movie.
So, if you’ve got around two hours and want to give North Korea the big “middle finger” so to speak, be sure to check out The Interview on YouTube, Google Play, Xbox movies and even possibly your local theater.