When last I blogged about it, The Interview wasn’t being released and the terrorists had won.
Fast forward a couple days with some additional outcry from the internet, Barack Obama slamming Sony saying they made a mistake, and independent theaters stepping up to show the film along with Google… and The Interview is available for consumption.
I was able to see the movie over the weekend via the YouTube app on my Roku. Now I’ll be honest, it isn’t a gut busting laugh out loud movie but it’s not a horrible atrocity some of the other reviews are making it out to seem. It’s a good satirical heavy movie with a fun soundtrack. It wasn’t a political heavy film but definitely did touch on some of the more questionable aspects of that little country in Asia… most notably it’s desire to have a missile that can reach the west coast of the United States. Overall, it’s a light fun movie and the fact it twisted a maniacal communist dictator’s tighty whities into knots is really just the cherry on top.
I’m pleased to be able to say that I contributed to the $15 million take The Interview had over the weekend… which really now begs the question as to whether or not you even need a theatrical release to make opening weekend numbers. I think the circumstances behind the movie definitely helped the buy rate, but the numbers don’t lie. Movie theater chains may have just helped prove themselves dispensable in the digital age. I think 2015 is going to definitely be an interesting year for digital distribution.