Much ado about nothing?

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Much ado about nothing?

The Interview’, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, which was initially slated to release on October 10, had caused quite a stir around the world. The political comedy tells the story of two journalists who get a chance to interview the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and are secretly recruited by the CIA to assassinate him.

The movie received more acclaim than ever after ‘Guardians of Peace’, a group of hackers, leaked countless private documents of Sony, the distributors of the movie, including five motion pictures that were slated for release. They even threatened to harm any theatre that released the movie. Speculations ran high as people analysed every detail of the film.

Now, months after being mired in controversy, the distributors have finally found an outlet for the movie’s release, and many feel that the movie is overrated. Ashwin Kannery, a movie buff who has been following the movie since its inception, feels that there is more to the movie than meets the eye.

“The timing and execution of the attacks are perfect. Five of the company’s upcoming movies are leaked, but not this one! So in order get back the lost revenue, they probably cooked up the whole story. In the end, the movie is ten times more anticipated than it was earlier. It was just another Seth Rogen comedy but now, it has become a must-watch.”

The movie is being downloaded and distributed en masse via torrents and thousands of people are sharing it worldwide. “It’s a comedy about a dictator and it’s controversial. Who wouldn’t want to watch it? Although Seth Rogen can never be Charlie Chaplin, he will do justice to the movie,” says Prateek, a consultant.

He, however, adds, “I think the movie will be a ‘time-pass’ one and don’t have very high expectations. I want to watch it because of the hype and the fact that it’s a comedy.” Did the movie live up to its expectations? Harsh, a movie-buff, says, “The film was exactly what you’d expect from a Seth Rogen and James Franco film — a lot of cheap jokes.” Rohan Naahar, a professional, adds, “It’s a great story about the freedom of expression but could have been better.”


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