Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

"Wish me luck in the US and A!"
Verdict: 
Verdict: 6/10 - Borat 2 makes for an awkward, cringe-inducing, uncomfortable watch, but its insights into American culture and politics are important and shocking
Release Date: 
Friday, October 23, 2020
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Sacha Baron Cohen is back as Kazakh reporter Borat in this sequel.

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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, takes place 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.

If you don't enjoy cringe-inducing, awkward humour, which is basically what Borat is all about, this probably won't be your cup of tea.

The comedy is so offensive and politically incorrect at times that it is deeply uncomfortable to watch.

The first half of the movie is a struggle but it 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, 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.

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.

Borat 2 may not be an enjoyable viewing experience for some as the scenes are so cringeworthy and awkward that they're almost painful to watch.

But, regardless of whether you find it funny or not, there's no denying that Baron Cohen has done a great job on lifting the lid on American culture and politics.

Available on Amazon Prime Video from Friday 23rd October.

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