Number of Times Seen – 1 (26 Oct 2020)
Brief Synopsis – Borat returns to America in order to bring a present to Mike Pence.
My Take on it – This is a film that I heard about recently and since I didn’t initially enjoy the original film, I wasn’t very interested in seeing.
Once I decided that I wanted to see what this film was about, I needed to rewatch the original film – Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006) in order to refresh my memory of it.
I was shocked to see how much I enjoyed that film upon a rewatch and this made me even more excited to see what this film was about.
This is such an amazing sequel that finds a way to build on everything that happened in the first film and in the intervening 14 years since it came out.
They are able to take the original concept and find ways to make it more relevant to today’s world.
Sacha Baron Cohen once again proves how prolific a comedian he is with this role.
Loved the way that he chose to deal with the fact that Borat has become so recognizable over the years that even his character needed to disguise himself along the way.
The film’s story has string connections to the previous one, but they still find unique and hilarious ways to make this feel so fresh and poignant throughout.
The fact that parts of this film were filmed at the onset of the COVID outbreak also helps make things feel so relevant and timely which is all done in a near perfect way.
Bottom Line – Amazing sequel that is able to build on everything they did in the original film and find new ways to make this so powerful and hilarious the whole way through. Cohen once again is able to give us such a great perspective on life in America and he cleverly finds a way to disguise his character who has become so recognizable and famous in America over the past decade and a half. The story is similar to the previous one but doesn’t feel redundant at all. The fact that parts were filmed during the beginning of the COVID outbreak helps make things so timely to watch. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Borat’s Daughter in this movie is actually speaking Bulgarian, the native language of the actress Maria Bakalova, and he seems to understand her perfectly. Meanwhile, the Kazakh premier is played by a Romanian actor who says his lines in Romanian. This is a recurring joke from the first movie where Borat speaks Hebrew while his producer Azamat spoke Armenian, but seemingly they understand each other. All of this to point out that American audiences can’t notice the differences in foreign languages. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)
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