Sacha Baron Cohen is back with his legendary character Borat, this time getting mixed up in politics and the coronavirus…
It’s been 14 years since Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan was released, and if there was ever a perfect time for a sequel, this year was definitely it.
Back in 2006 Borat left his home country of Kazakhstan to make a documentary about the ‘US and A’, and while on his travels, fell in love with Pamela Anderson after seeing her on Baywatch. It was a hilarious film full of cringe worthy interviews and jokes.
In this film, the full title being: Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, Borat is sent back to America (after spending time in the gulag for bringing shame to his country) and tasked with gifting a monkey to Vice-President Mike Pence, to help restore relations between the two countries.
In comparison to the original, this film felt less like a mockumentary and more like an actual film, with the main difference most likely being that Borat is now recognised worldwide. In the first film he could walk around America with no one having any idea who he was and this made the interactions hilarious.
Also, there is a political theme throughout, something Baron Cohen hasn’t shied away from in recent years, especially with his show Who Is America?.
Having said that, the film is still full of incredible pranks and disgusting set pieces which will either make you cry with laughter or want to turn it off all together.
Donald—I appreciate the free publicity for Borat! I admit, I don’t find you funny either. But yet the whole world laughs at you.
I’m always looking for people to play racist buffoons, and you’ll need a job after Jan. 20. Let’s talk!https://t.co/itWnhJ8TQF
— Sacha Baron Cohen (@SachaBaronCohen) October 24, 2020
The final 20 minutes are incredible, some of which has been in the news recently, with Donald Trump even commenting on it saying that Baron Cohen is a ‘creep’ and a ‘phoney guy’.
But no doubt the highlight of this film is Borat’s daughter, Tutar, who is played excellency by newcomer Maria Bakalova. After a mix-up with the monkey, Borat decides to give his daughter away as a gift to Mike Pence instead.
One of the most surprising things about this film, especially compared to the first, is that it does actually have some heart and compassion, and you get to see Borat in a way you will have never seen him before.
With the brilliance of Bakalova, Cohen told Good Morning America: “She is an incredible actress. We interviewed 600 young women from all around the world and she’s hilarious.
— A Late Show (@colbertlateshow) October 27, 2020
“She is one of the most courageous actors in history. If she doesn’t get nominated for an Oscar then that’s a travesty.
“Imagine coming to America for the first time – she’d barely been out of Bulgaria – and suddenly she’s playing a role with real people in some terrifying situations and she got through it all.”
If you enjoyed the original then give this film a go, it’s full of great comedy, political satire and a hilarious father/daughter dynamic.
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.