Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2020)
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- Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
- 95 min.
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I’m so scared of what is going on with the world. This movie is brilliant in making me realize that
Pretty much as good as a sequel to Borat could be. They were extremely limited in what they could do. Some incredible one liners, and the ending is well done.
However, it feels very cobbled together, like they didn't have a lot of material (which makes sense, I guess).
So yeah, it's hamstrung from the get go. I liked it.
Most of the comedy/satire in the original came from the people Borat encountered along the way; pushing the weirdest parts of american idiosyncracy to the front. Here, it’s just him and his daughter saying or doing “outrageous” stuff in front of other people. It felt like a MTV reality from 2005. What I hated the most was that everybody they met was a fucking straw man instead of going for more engaging subjects and questions.
The Mike Pence scene seemed to be planned as the grand finale... but nothing happened, so they reframed the movie around Covid and there’s nothing noteworthy around that either. Also, I’m not defending Rudy (the guy is indeed despicable) but that scene was carefully cut to make him look worse. And the fact that Borat had to be in disguise for most of the movie made me think that it would’ve been better to create a new character altogether. Not that everything is fine now but I saw this after Trump’s term ended and it already feels dated.
A few years ago, pointing and saying “take a load of this guy” may have been enough. Now, we need a more engaging conversation.
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This movie ranks #152 in Golden Globe Award - Best Motion Picture
This movie ranks #998 in TSPDT's 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films