Movie Review

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020)

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) follows the line of Sacha Baron Cohen’s hard-hitting, and gross comedy films like Borat (2006) and The Dictator (2012).  If you can tolerate a couple of obnoxious scenes, you can enjoy this film. It is available in Amazon Prime Video.

It is about a fictional Kazakh reporter who was jailed after Borat (2006) and now being released by the President of Kazakhstan and sent on a secret mission to bribe the American administration to get benefits. On arriving in America, things go bad.

The debut actress Maria Bakalova hogs the spotlight with her heart-warming performance of Tutar, Borat’s 15-year-old daughter who wishes to be gifted to a wealthy man in America so that he can lock her in a golden cage. To attract the powerful men in the American administration Borat tries to dress her and train her to be glamorous. By showing extreme objectification of women, Baron-Cohen drives hard the point to treat women with equal rights & opportunities, and he succeeds. Unlike the first Borat film, in this one, father-daughter emotional bonding gets covered and I liked it. Barot makes a lot of fun about Jews but later realises their kindness in the scene at a synagogue which was nicely made.

The African-American baby sister character is the one who explains to Tutar the world of possibility that’s in front of her, other than being in a golden cage; The baby sister does this in style and the way she treats Borat who walks in without wearing a mask during the ongoing pandemic was one of the best scenes in the film. Also, hilarious was the sequence where Borat’s and his American far-right buddies discuss the various conspiracies of current times.

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm - Sacha Baron Cohen and Maria Bakalova
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm – Sacha Baron Cohen and Maria Bakalova

I am surprised on the team managed to do the filming in the political rally of American Vice-President Mike Pence and the interview with Rudy Giuliani. The second half of the film became a bit of campaign documentary for the upcoming presidential elections in the USA, I felt that could’ve been tuned-down a little.

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