Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm ★★★

"Hillary Clinton drink the blood of children?"

What this long-anticipated sequel lacks in novelty, it certainly delivers in pertinent chaos. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan will serve as a time capsule of sociopolitical turmoil that'll age—for better or worse—hand in hand with the last four years. Sacha Baron Cohen and company want you to laugh through your anger as much as humanly possible while confronting the sheer mortifying horror of the US's current reality (particularly this year). The resulting experience will certainly make you laugh, and it'll definitely make you cringe. It brims with sequences and gags that define secondhand embarrassment, some more effectively and humorously than others. But the whirlwind hilarity of seeing Cohen back as the titular journalist is worthy of 96 minutes of your time. Even more worthy is Maria Bakalova in a consistently scene-stealing turn as Borat's daughter Tutar. Bakalova is phenomenal here, her journey indicative of the film's stronger, more overtly thoughtful qualities that manage to elevate the unfolding havoc as she matches Cohen with ease.

It's hard to say how well Borat Subsequent Moviefilm will play a year from now, or even further down our timelines. Maybe it'll age better than I'm expecting, though it's blunt force immediacy has me somewhat skeptical. Again, it doesn't feel as lasting or fresh as the original, nor is it as organic in essence. The film's pace is also quite irregular, swallowing current events whole rather than chewing on them to get the most out of each piece. Given how rapidly the later story beats develop, the cast and crew were clearly working hard to stitch what they could together considering how each passing day essentially yielded a new scene to plan, a new narrative thread to follow amid this global pandemic and the current political climate. To be honest, it's impressive what they managed to achieve even if it's not as clever or reliable as the first. But what can you expect given how much has changed since 2006? All things considered, this is probably the best that we could've hoped for.

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