Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Film Review

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Sacha Baron Cohen claimed years ago that he had retired his Kazakh reporter character Borat, but if there was ever a good time to bring him back, it’s in this crazy 2020 we’re having.

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, or to go by its full title: Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan – is set 14 years after the events of the 2006 original comedy mockumentary. Borat’s first film has brought shame on Kazakhstan and to make amends, he is tasked with going back to America and delivering Johnny the Monkey, a local superstar, to political leaders to help rebuild their diplomatic relationship. However, Borat’s daughter Tutar (Maria Bakalova) takes the monkey’s place without Borat’s knowledge so he decides to gift her to the leaders instead. But because Borat has become so well-known in America, he must wear a variety of disguises to achieve his goal.

How you get on with this film will really depend on your knowledge of American politics and pop culture, but more importantly, your sense of humour. I really don’t get on well with cringe-inducing, awkward humour, and that is basically what Borat is all about, hence why I wasn’t a huge fan of the first film. The comedy is so offensive and politically incorrect at times that I found it deeply uncomfortable to watch.

The film is only an hour and 35 minutes but it felt so much longer. I wouldn’t say it outstayed its welcome though because it actually gets more interesting as it goes along, as Borat gets closer and closer to important political figures and gets involved in riskier stunts. The last half is where the headline-grabbing stuff really comes in, so if you get through the trying first half (which I really struggled with), you will be rewarded with some jaw-dropping scenes and pointed political commentary.

Borat 2 was deliberately designed to be released ahead of the US election on 3 November and it’s clear to see why. Some of the thoughts Republicans or far-right activists have is simply shocking and the film doesn’t make Mike Pence or Rudy Giuliani look good. The film also addresses topics such as women’s rights, anti-Semitism, and the coronavirus.

As ever, Baron Cohen should be applauded for his dedication to the role and improvising with subjects that appear without their knowledge. It would be interesting to know who was in on it and who wasn’t. He plays Borat in many different disguises and gets himself into really uncomfortable, risky situations. Bakalova as his daughter deserves praise too for throwing herself into this style of filmmaking as she leads some of the more awkward moments. Not breaking character in these situations must be tough.

Borat doesn’t have a particularly strong plot but I don’t think anybody expected it to – that’s not really the point. It basically just finds a way to cobble particular scenes together. I didn’t find it particularly funny, but I did laugh sometimes in an “oh, this is so uncomfortable” or “I can’t believe he just said that” kind of way.

Borat 2 was not an enjoyable viewing experience for me. Some scenes were so cringeworthy and awkward that I couldn’t cope with them and they felt quite painful to watch. However, I can appreciate what Baron Cohen has done to effectively lift the lid on American culture and politics.

Available on Amazon Prime Video from Friday 23rd October

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

The Trial of the Chicago 7: Netflix Film Review

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I’m a huge fan of Aaron Sorkin‘s work so of course, I was excited for The Trial of the Chicago 7, which he has written and directed, and he didn’t disappoint – this is one of my favourite films of the year so far.

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Films I want to see this October

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It’s the start of a new month so it’s time for my monthly movie preview once again.

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Alice Through the Looking Glass: Film Review

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My reaction to 2010’s Alice in Wonderland was distinctly average – it was ‘meh’, alright but forgettable – so I wasn’t massively looking forward to this sequel, which has taken a big six-year gap and switched directors from Tim Burton to James Bobin. The box office takings were huge, but this sequel still feels unwarranted.

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Alice Through the Looking Glass Premiere: Pics & gossip

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Tonight I went down to the London premiere of Alice Through the Looking Glass, and much like the press conference on Sunday, it starred Johnny Depp, Sacha Baron Cohen, Mia Wasikowska, director James Bobin and producer Tim Burton. They were also joined by minor cast members Ed Speleers and Andrew Scott.

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Johnny Depp is a joker at the Alice Through the Looking Glass press conference

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Today the cast of Alice Through the Looking Glass, the sequel to 2010’s Alice in Wonderland, came to London to chat about the movie. We have (from L-R): director James Bobin, Sacha Baron Cohen, Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, and producers Suzanne Todd and Tim Burton. Phew!

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Top Films for May

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It’s that time of the month again – where I choose the releases I’m looking forward to in May. There isn’t a huge amount of good ‘uns but my picks below look pretty damn sweet.

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Big Pics: Katy Perry, Isla Fisher & Madonna

Katy Perry 

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Katy Perry and John Mayer are obviously getting serious after choosing to go public in a posed picture! The pair have shied away from cameras for months and always did things separately but last night, they took a big step and went a red carpet event together. They posed outside the new Broadway show, A Christmas Story. Earlier that evening, the pair were joined by John’s dad Richard at a restaurant.

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Madonna

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This picture completely grosses me out! Madonna is too old to be doing this stuff in public. It grosses me out even more to know that this is her actual boyfriend Brahim Zaibat. For some unknown reason, Madonna decided to appall her fans at her Brazil show with a game of tonsil tennis. LOVELY.

Mariah Carey 

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How cute is Mariah’s son?! The singer tweeted this picture of her one-year-old Moroccan in his pjs.

Isla Fisher

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You hardly ever see Isla Fisher in the press so I’m lapping up these pictures! The Aussie actress is seen joking about with her husband Sacha Baron Cohen after the British Comedy Awards, where he cracked a bad taste Jimmy Saville joke. I find them an odd couple but it’s cute to see them in an off-guard moment like this.

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