Largely a two-hander, Interview features strong performances by the two leads, writer/director Steve Buscemi and Sienna Miller. The chemistry between the two actors is strong, and Miller, especially, is able to find nuances in the banal.
The script's pace seems off. It's hard to hold a film audience's interest with only two characters and a single set, and when the camera should be moving, it isn't and vice versa. Buscemi isn't a great director, but he gives himself and Miller plenty of freedom, which saves the film from becoming too trivial and claustrophobic.
Overall, this film is decent and worth seeing if only for the leading actors.
Yes, it is a lightly veiled 2 person play, but the confining aspect works in its favor.
Good performances by Buschemi and the female lead, and although I saw the twist at the end coming, the multi-layered effect of condemning preconceptions still made me smile.
It's a good premise but I don't think it was pulled off as well as it should have been.
[font=Century Gothic]"Interview" might have worked as either a stage play or in its original Dutch, but not in its current incarnation, especially with its awkward and inept staging and camerawork. Any figurative dance between two characters like this one can only succeed when both characters are on equal terms which is not the case here since Pierre is such a loathsome, unprofessional character. Do I sense some hostility towards celebrity journalists, by the way? My problem with celebrity journalism is not that it is all about the negative but that there is little privacy given to celebrities(By osmosis, Pierre is well aware of Katya's fluctuating bra size) and the inordinate amount of attention that it is given.[/font]
The dialogue is riveting.