Julien Neaves – Editor
Leave it to Sacha Baron Cohen to drop a Borat sequel 14 years later with no teaser, no trailer, nothing. Just boom! Here is new movie. Very nice!
Mockumentary comedy Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan sees Cohen reprising his role as Kazakh journalist Borat Sagdiyev. This time around he is on a mission to present his sheltered daughter Tutar (Maria Bakalova) as a bride to US Vice President Mike Pence in the middle of the COVID-19 and the 2020 presidential election.
I am a huge fan of the original film and it is easily one of the funniest comedies ever made. But did Cohen make another glorious film? Well he came pretty dang close. Here is my spoiler-free review.
Borat’s first adventure was a series of misadventures that cleverly skewered various aspects of American society. There was a plot but it was intentionally thin and really just an excuse to go from one irreverent moment to the next. This insightful comedic commentary does return in the sequel but to a lesser degree. And I will contend that the original has a higher laughs-per-minute quotient than the new movie.
That being said Borat 2 does deliver its fair share of laughs and a few laugh-out-loud moments. Cohen has not missed a step and eased back into the role like a comfortable pair of bedroom slippers. Bakalova works very well as both a foil for Cohen’s craziness and as a comedy source herself. The film also addresses the real-life issue of real people recognising Cohen as Borat in a clever, meta way that I enjoyed.
There is also a stronger plot here and with a heart that was lacking in the original. So while I think the first film is the better film, Borat 2 is a strong follow-up that is guaranteed to shock, delight and entertain fans of this crazy character.
Julien’s Score: 7.5 out of 10
You can check out Sommer’s Borat 2 video review (hey, that’s a rhyme! Very nice!) below:
So have you seen Borat 2? What did you think of it? For Sommer’s review of time loop comedy Palm Springs you can click here.
Julien “Jules” Neaves is a TARDIS-flying, Force-using Trekkie whose bedroom stories were by Freddy Krueger, learned to be a superhero from Marvel, but dreams of being Batman. I love promoting Caribbean film (Cariwood), creating board games and I am an aspiring author. I say things like “12 flavours of awesome sauce”.
I can also be found posting on Instagram as redmanwriter and talking about TV and movie stuff on Facebook at Movieville.