Kim Jong-un has a new target for his anger. The North Korean dictator is angry about the new Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy, “The Interview.” The movie sees the two actors play men sent in to kill Kim Jong-un, and it looks to be about the same as their other more recent self-aware comedies.
However, Kim Jong-un isn’t laughing. According to a spokesman, the dictator is not happy with the movie but will probably watch it anyway. The statement indicates that the movie mirrors the Americans desire to kill anyone that they don’t agree with. The statement even went as far as to compare with the assassination of John Kennedy by Americans. It finally warned President Obama to be worried in case the U.S. military wanted to kill him as well.
With Kim Jong-un so disappointed by “The Interview,” here is a look at other movies in the past that treated politics and war in a comedy – and disrespectful fashion.
“Team America: World Police”
This wasn’t even the first movie to deal with Kim Jung-un in a disrespectful fashion. The creators of “South Park” beat everyone to the punch with their marionette comedy “Team America: World Police.” This movie was a spoof of numerous American jingoistic movies where the military destroys anything and everything to beat the bad guys. The main bad guy in this movie was Kim Jong-un, and the film also painted Hollywood in a very poor light as they fought to stop American forces from winning the war on terror.
“The Great Dictator”
This also isn’t anything new, as Charlie Chaplin created a lot of controversy in 1940 with the black comedy “The Great Dictator.” In this movie, Chaplin stars as both a Jewish barber as well as a ruthless dictator that looks just like Adolf Hitler. The two characters are exact doubles in the film. Chaplin made the film because of the horrors of the repression of the Jewish people by the Nazis.
Arguably, the best movie to ever satirize the military and war efforts is Stanley Kubrick’s “Dr. Stragelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.” Made in 1964, the movie takes place in the middle of the Cold War with both the United States and Russia fearful of the eventual launching of nuclear missiles. When a rogue general orders an attack, the U.S. President and his military advisors have to find out a way to stop the war before it destroys the world. The best line in the movie has to be that there is “no fighting in the war room.”