Macaroni Critique: The Il Interview

The video. The movie. The legend. This is the Il Interview, the single greatest homemade Youtube video ever created. Created for a history project in Mr. Thela’s class, this video is both informative and badass. Now let’s critique it so you can all hear about it, and be encouraged to watch it and love it.


In this all-star video, two top-notch American reporters, Edmund Murrow and Megyn Kelley, go undercover in Fascist Italy to interview the one, the only, the Il Duce himself, Bennito Mussolini. Throughout this video, Edmund and Megyn disprove the villainous lies of Mussolini by revealing atrocities such as his obsession with wheat, his friendship with Adolph “Ugly baby” Hitler and Joseph “Bear killer” Stalin, and, the worst atrocity of all, his wearing of baby blue pineapple shorts. Other scenes include interviews with a pasta-obsessed Italian citizen and the death of Han Solo. It all ends with a ransom note left for Greenville teacher Brian Thela.


This video stars Malcolm de Long as Edmund “It’s not Edward” Murrow, Jacob Ruggeiro as Meghyn “with an h” Kelley, Scott Davis as Joseph Stalin, Zachary Lamere as Adolph Hitler, and Lucas Makely as Bennito Mussolini and also literally everything else. This video also guest stars Emily Fagan as Jacob Ruggeiro as Meghyn “with an h” Kelley, and Bill Clinton as Bill Clinton. It is my esteemed personal opinion that Lucas Makely deserves an Academy Award for Best Actor for his stunning ‘Tortellini’ monologue as Mussolini, as well as an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor as Desk. Meanwhile, we believe that Jacob Ruggeiro should be nominated for the Razzie award for Worst Actress for his role as Megyn Kelley. Seriously dude, we had to put a woman in your place. [20/20]


Camerawork was done by Scott Davis, with assists by Alice Brennan (Malcolm de Long also filmed some scenes, but due to his inability to differentiate between a photo and a video, we are NOT crediting him). The camerawork was over all pretty epic, surprisingly little shaking and laughing, considering the subject matter. It was perfectly able to capture the magnificence of Makely/Mussolini’s beautiful jawline. [20/20]


Although the script did degrade at points due to the efforts of a certain madman who thought that Megyn Kelley somehow had an H in there (we’re not saying any names Jacob), the script was overall pretty badass, even featuring a few forgotten scenes such as the long lost original wheat scene, which featured Mussolini screaming “WHEAT” while dumping wheat upon the crying faces of the Italian citizenry. Of course, no script could contain this crazy group, which led to the creation of some spur-of-the-moment scenes, such as the Newspaper Censorship scene and the Holy-goddammit-Malcolm-I-told-you-to-get-it-right-the-first-time-and-you-still-can’t-differentiate-between-a-photo-and-a-video-and-now-I’m-freezing-my-ass-off-out-here-and-we-have-to-film-a-second-time scene. One of my personal least favorites. [20/20]

Special Effects

It is undeniable that the special effects are out of this world in this video. Lucas Makely as Bear was so lifelike that he could take down that fake-ass The Revenant shit any day. And don’t even get me started about the fact that no one could even tell that Jacob Ruggeiro was not a female in that video. And when Emily Fagan stepped in to fill his role in a time of need, no one could even tell that she was not a male that no one could even tell was not a female in that video. A+++ special effects. [20/20]


Shout out to Malcolm de Long for putting all those random audio clips together and making a coherent video, as well as for finding us a badass symphony. That was a long ass job to be sure. Of course, he got cold feet when it came to a certain X rated scene… So maybe no shout out then. [20/20]

Final Veridict

This video is clearly a solid 100/100. Total ace video. In fact, you should watch it! Like right now. Just click on this link. Come on, you know you want to.                                                                       (If you would like to Youtube search it instead of using this link [why?] type in “The Il Interview Malcolm de Long” for the best results)

And now, goodbye and goodnight. I’m The Kitchenette Dictator. And no I am not a box.

Eat Responsibly.

-Kitchenette Dictator/Ruler person


Macaroni Critique: The Il Interview

2 thoughts on “Macaroni Critique: The Il Interview

  1. idonotapproveofthatnickname says:

    Wow, you really have to love all that objectivity. However, I feel that this critique clearly snubs the primary factor that puts this video in the running for a Academy Award for Visual Effects–Alice Brennan’s stunning depiction of Hitler on horseback that is present in the background of every shot.

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