2020 has managed to kick a lot of people whilst they were/are down and so perhaps what we need is a big screen saviour. On the small screen, obvs, because, you know, the bat virus. Cohen’s return to his most successful film is a risky one, how will the character and the jokes fall in this year where Woke culture and Cancel culture are more prevalent than, say, keeping your 15 year old daughter in a cage after she eats a pornographic monkey. But here we are.
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is an absolute joy. You might think that Cohen cannot shock in these cynical times, but this is soon knocked on the head as soon as he tells a pastor that he has put a baby in his daughter. It’s a cake topper, but he does not take it this way, when Borat asks it to be removed. It is breathtakingly awkward. As is Borat, dressed as a KKK member, strolling into the Republican convention, where he also trolls Mike Pence, whilst dressed as Trump. Outstanding.
Where this sequel varies from the first, is that it also has heartfelt and touching scenes amongst all the sight gags and toilet humour. These are mostly thanks to the brilliant Maria Bakalova, as Borat’s daughter Tutar. She is an absolute joy throughout, from getting elated over having her own cage and getting her hair done, to her incredible interactions with Rudolph Giuliani which are as shocking as anything in the debut film and could perhaps see the end of his career. It’s that revelatory.
Cohen has done well in recent years to not overdo the Borat character, the Bruno movie might not have had the same clout, but it was good to keep his most famous alter ego in the closet so that when he suddenly drops a surprise sequel, we are hungry to see and embrace this ridiculous but still loveable character. As well as the others he takes on in this brilliant movie. Seriously there are moments here, where if caught, he could have been fleeced, and that gives the comedy an edge that is sorely lacking in other 2020 media. See it now. Then watch it again. It’s nice.
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is available now on Amazon Prime