REVIEW — “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan is directed by Jason Woliner, written by Peter Baynham, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jena Friedman, Anthony Hines, Lee Kern, Dan Mazer, Erica Rivinoja and Dan Swimer. It tells the story of Borat, who once again journeys to the United States from Kazakhstan in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2020 elections. Now, admittedly, I am an incredibly huge fan of the first Borat film. As I type this review, I sit under a framed poster from the original theatrical run of the film, so to say I was excited to see how Cohen followed up his comedic masterpiece would be a bit of an understatement. While it doesn’t quite reach the same monumental and groundbreaking heights of its predecessor, Borat 2 stands on its own as a shocking and bold satirical takedown of Trumps America. Cohen is out for blood, and oh boy does he get it.
Borat 2 is filled to the brim with hilarious and horrifying pranks. Once again, the Borat character is able to bring out the most insidious beliefs of those he interacts with, and it is simply riveting to watch. The brilliance of Borat can be found in Sacha’s unmatched ability of undressing his “victims” for lack of a better word. His ability to trick people into traveling the worst of themselves is a joy to watch, albeit terrifying as well. All of this makes up what might be the most shocking comedy I’ve seen in years. It hurts my heart I couldn’t see this with a packed crowd. Along in my room, I found myself screaming, cringing and even looking away from shock. Borat 2 leaves it all on the table and let’s just say, some politicians are gonna have a tough time with this one.
To say Cohen does a good job as the Borat character would be an understatement. He is electric and is able to slip back into the character all these years later without one misstep. Can we get this man an Oscar already? This film also introduces new comer Maria Bakalova, who does an excellent job. She’s just as sharp and funny as Cohen, and is able to bring a warmth and a surprising amount of heart to this story. She’s a welcome addition to this series, and I’d love to see more from her.
In short, Borat 2 is an incredibly outrageous, incredibly timely, and an incredibly funny comedy. Protect Sacha Baron Cohen at all costs. 4/5