So, I saw Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm last night immediately after watching the first film for the 2nd time in my life. I couldn’t help it. I had to see what other misadventures Borat would find himself in this time, and how it would even work in the world today. It’s time to find out if you should be hopeful for this film…or a Cassandra. Let’s get crackin!
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Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm follows Borat, once more, as he travels to America to present Mike Pence with a gift so that Kazakhstan can be in Trump’s good graces after the first documentary turned Kazakhstan into a laughing stock. After his daughter ate the monkey Borat was going to give to Mike Pence, he came up with a new plan, sell his daughter to Mike Pence instead.
Oh my lord, what a movie. There are so many good things I want to talk about with this one, starting with the political backdrop of a Trump presidency, and in general, Covid-19, all of which was perfect for Borat. Sacha Baron Cohen was able to do what he did in the first movie and he showcased peoples true colors by being an unassuming, fly-on-the-wall type personality. In today’s political climate, there’s a lot of stupidity going around, and all Borat has to do is agree with those personalities, which in turn makes it hilarious because they all get riled up in a sea of stupidity, proving how ridiculous America is being right now. I honestly also think that he flipped the coin a bit. The first film made Kazakhstan look more stupid than America because of a fish-out-of-water theme going on. He got a lot of great reactions in the first movie from other people, but in this one, he made America look dumber than Kazakhstan, and I liked that dynamic because people can’t tell they’re being trolled by the master of all trolls, Sascha Baron Cohen.
But in general, I think this film isn’t as good as the first for one main reason. The biggest hurdle Borat 2 faces is the fact that the world now knows Borat’s face. So, you can’t really prank people like you once could as Borat; so in order to make this movie, he had to wear a number of disguises so that people wouldn’t know it’s him. When he did that, it stopped feeling so much like Borat and started feeling a whole heck of a lot more like a variety sketch show with a number of random gags instead. No more of that niiice stuff. No more of his iconic suit and mustache. Heck, half the time, he’s trying to do different accents in order to blend in. I just had a hard time believing that this was a Borat movie with all of these different disguises. The first movie also felt like a number of gags, but Borat as a character acted as the common denominator or glue. He connected everything together in order to somewhat feel like a overall normal plot, but when you have a number of gags and you’re changing your appearance all the time…it stops feeling so much like a movie. Another problem I had with this film was Borat’s daughter, who I guess you can say replaced Azamat. She was annoying, though. They all are, but she was annoying in a way that I had a hard time believing she was an actual character, and not just an actress being silly.
Let’s look at my final score for a second. Speaking about my unbiased, technical score…in general, this movie isn’t as good as the first. I think the story is better than the first, though… technically speaking. I think the political backdrop is perfect for a character like Borat. I think some of the things they’re able to procure in this movie regarding certain political figures is insanely bold and nuts, and a lot stronger than anything the first film did…but because that first movie came out 14 years ago and he had no other choice than to wear disguises, that messed up the natural flow the first movie had, and it’s honestly hard to call it Borat. My technical score is exactly the same as the first at 70%, but when it comes to my biased score, I gotta say the fact that it feels more like a variety sketch show hurt the movie. I mean, it’s still crazy, it’s still funny, I still laughed, it’s just not as good. So, that score is 80%, averaging everything out to the final rating of 75%, 75 out of 100 possible stars or a C letter grade.
So, in general, I liked the movie. I think it did a pretty good job, specifically when it came down to showcasing how ridiculous America is being right now, and it does some surprisingly crazy things, especially towards the end. I keep thinking about how great this movie would have been if it were the first Borat film and he didn’t need to disguise himself. This would have changed everything if so…but alas. It’s still a lot of fun.
Guys, let me know your thoughts on Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm in the comment section down below. Do you think they did themselves a disservice by turning everything political, do you think it’s actually better, or somewhere in between? Andddd as always, until next time…