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Borat – Review

WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

In this documentary style movie, Sacha Baron Cohen’s creation, spoof
Kazakh journalist Borat Sagdiyev, leaves his Kazakh village, after a
huge send off, to go to the US and A (as he calls it) to learn lessons
from the Americans.
Accompanied by his scarily grumpy producer Azamat Bagatov, he begins his
journey in New York but when he falls head over heels for Pamela
Anderson.
He decides to go in search of his true love in California, in an ice
cream van. Going cross country through the deep south he leaves a wake
of havoc and confusion on his mission to reach his holy grail.

WHAT’S IT LIKE?

Borat is jaw dropping, inflammatory, outrageous and manages to insult
every group possible but more importantly he’s upset the government of
Kazakhstan, giving him and his film the notoriety and world wide
publicity that money cannot buy.
Why has he enraged Kazakhstan’s rulers? Because he portrays Kazakhs as
anti-Semitic, misogynists and rapists.
Borat is a fictional character but he meets real people in real
situations on his journey across America exposing their prejudices,
racial and sexist views. It’s the U.S. that is held up to ridicule not
Kazakhstan. In fact, Kazakhstan should thank Borat and give him their
highest honour for putting the country on the map.
As for the film, it’s the funniest movie I have seen all year. I cried
with laughter at Borat’s increasingly outrageous behaviour and the
hysterical and at times frightening reactions and consequences it
sparked.
You know it’s offensive and not political correct but you can’t help
yourself.
From Borat’s attempts to introduce himself to strangers on the New York
underground by kissing them on the cheek European style and watching
their looks of horror, to singing the Kazakh national anthem to the tune
of the American anthem at a rodeo, where by the end hundreds of people
want to lynch him.
One of the most jaw dropping moments though is when he goes into a gun
shop and asks what’s the best weapon to kill a Jew with and the shop
keeper, without hesitation, recommends a 9 mm or a 45.
Sacha Baron Cohen has guts. I am surprised he emerged from the U.S.
alive.
There were moments where it looked like it was touch and go. He is also
Jewish which is why he can just about get away with the anti-Semitic
comments.
But like Ali G, Borat is a one trick pony. Now he has blown his
anonymity worldwide, no doubt this is the beginning of the end for this
character.
But what a blaze of glory to go out on. This is a must see movie.

Borat opens nationwide 3 November 2006

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