borat: subsequent moviefilm
director: Jason Woliner (debut)
starring: Sasha Baron Cohen, Maria Bakalova, Dani Popescu and Manuel Vieru
REVIEWER: lyall carter
Kazakh funnyman Borat risks life and limb when he returns to America with his young daughter Tutar.
2006 saw the birth of Borat, a global phenomenon, which thrust its star Sasha Baron Cohen into the entertainment stratosphere. This saw Cohen launched into more comedic fare like Bruno and The Dictator but also more serious roles in Les Miserables and The Spy.
So fourteen years later since Borat last graced our screens is it good to have him back? Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is very nice!
Since the success of the film Borat, Kazakhstan has become a laughing stock around the world with Borat blamed for its failure and sentenced to life in a gulag. However, Borat is given a second chance by being sent to America to give a gift to a key figure in Trump’s administration: Mike Pence. After his gift to Pence, Johnny the Monkey, perishes on the journey from Kazakhstan Borat decides to give him his daughter Tutar.
If you are a fan of the first film, then Borat Subsequent Moviefilm will be right up your alley. As he travels across the USA he exposes the racism, bizarre conspiracy theories, chauvinism, religious idiocy and political unrest that exists in certain corners of that country.
Baron Cohen does this through trying to buy a cage for his daughter, visiting a Christian health centre and asking for the pastor to take the baby out that he’d put into his daughter (she’d swallowed a doll), wearing a Klu Klux Klan hood and cloak to a conservative conference and putting his daughter over his shoulder and running towards the stage to present her to Mike Pence. While disguised as Donald Trump.
Like the first film, there is much in this film that is shockingly hilarious. It's shocking because of the lack of reaction of some to his antics and the horrific things he says or the horrific things that people he ‘interviews’ say. Some would say that he unfairly baits them, but that's beside the point. What he reveals in ordinary citizens is truly shocking.
Baron Cohen is again hilarious as Borat with perfect comedic wit and timing. Maria Bakalova, who plays Borat’s daughter Tutar is equally as good having to play the ‘straight man’ to Borat and doing so with great ease.
Hilarious and uncomfortable to watch in equal measure, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is a necessary film that helps expose the real America beneath the shiny facade. Very nice!