Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

When the first ‘Borat’ film was unleashed on an unsuspecting public in 2006, viewers wondered what they struck. The oddball adventures of a clumsy news reporter caused huge controversy due to its well-deserved targets and biting satire. Mainly an improvisational vehicle for comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, ‘Borat’ allowed him to put a mirror against society’s weird foibles. The humour comes from unwitting participant’s reactions with ‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm’ more of the same.

This time Kazakhstani’s favourite news reporter further explores American culture during a time of the COV-19 pandemic and the 2020 elections. Borat’s antics see him crash a Conservative conference, an anti-mask rally and various members of U.S. President Donald Trump’s political team. Joining him is his teenage daughter Tutar (Maria Bakalova) who Borat wants to gift to a powerful American male as compensation for his past misdemeanours. As always nothing goes to plan as father and daughter wreak havoc amongst America’s religious right-wing heart.

Making ‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm’ less of a rehash of its predecessor is Cohen’s skills in better highlighting issues in today’s murky world. Political apathy and the rise of particular lobby groups are in Cohen’s fiery sights. Whilst he deliberately sets out to provoke, he has the rare gift in offering viewers a lesson in a fun way without being too obvious. His type of subversive humour creeps up on you, making for more effective punchlines. This is nowhere more potent than in the outrageous things he says to people, with some fervently agreeing no matter how outlandish.

‘Borat 2’ is quite deliberately shocking at times with the envelope pushed to the limit. It may not be to everyone’s taste with the pacing occasionally sagging. Jason Woliner’s direction generally keeps the comedic momentum going with Bakalova a great addition to Borat’s weird universe. Like Cohen, her bravery in putting herself in dangerous situations is admirable. In many ways, ‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm’ works better than any documentary in exposing the hypocrisy of aspects of current American life with the Trump era finding the country at a crossroads.

‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm’ should please long-time fans. The issues raised and the way they’re presented genuinely hit home. This is a skill that has seen Cohen succeed over the years. At this shadowy time in history, the satirical swipes his latest provides is a much needed tonic against the fake news peddlers he meets.

Rating out of 10: 8


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