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Apr. 7th, 2007

03:57 am - Movie review

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Against my better judgment, i watched Borat just now. Eh. I didn't want my two hours back, and certainly the reactions of the people who weren't clearly in on the joke were priceless--because stupid people that can be fooled by a fake mustache and such obvious chicanery are funny.

But the Borat character itself was only mildly amusing. And there was nothing even smirk-worthy about any scene that contained just Sascha Baron Cohen and his co-actor(s). Two exceptions, albeit one of them a demented one: when he's down-and-out and throws his bag in disgust and it clucks (because he's been carrying around a chicken in it for most of the film), i laughed out loud for the only time in the film. Also, i admit that i was greatly amused when Borat mocked so-called Kazak neighbor.

But i really don't understand why they just didn't stick with the interaction between the Borat character and the people who didn't really know they were being duped, rather than trying to provide a story in-between that wasn't worth the time. These bits were dull and un-funny, and didn't seem to have a point, as the film's purpose was clearly not to fool the audience of the film (despite netan9el's work experiences to the contrary!)--we are meant to be in on it too.

Moreover, after Borat's friend abandons him, doesn't anyone who meets him wonder why his *film crew* doesn't sell some of their equipment to make the money to get where they're going? "Yep, he left me with just a chicken...and oh yeah, this video camera and boom mike..."

Anyway, after months of telling people i was sure i wasn't going to care for this film, i cleared my head and tried to go into it with an open mind, but i wasn't overwhelmed. I wasn't even whelmed.

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From:gorey_ballerina
Date:April 7th, 2007 12:51 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, Q and I rented it and we didn't HATE it, but we didn't really like it, either. It was one of those movies, where, at the end, you just kinda say, "oh. OK."
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From:elijahdprophet
Date:April 7th, 2007 03:26 pm (UTC)
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The whole Borat thing (Ali G as well) works really well in YouTube sized chunks. I imagine that when I get around to watching it I will get bored.
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From:_goodmanbrown_
Date:April 7th, 2007 05:07 pm (UTC)
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But i really don't understand why they just didn't stick with the interaction between the Borat character and the people who didn't really know they were being duped

Because a naked fat guy fighting a naked skinny guy is one of the archetypal forms of comedy, going back at least to Aristophanes. And "Borat" pulled off a particularly masterful instance of the gag.
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:April 7th, 2007 05:55 pm (UTC)
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Except it only got funny when the hotel guests got involved. Them fighting in the room was just crass and annoying (and was one of the parts of the film that i thought went on far too long).
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From:pixink
Date:April 7th, 2007 05:21 pm (UTC)
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I think that "chicanery" is an under-used word. *nodnodnod*
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From:sonnetofthemoon
Date:April 10th, 2007 07:44 pm (UTC)
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_goodmanbrown_ and I saw Borat in the theater and we both laughed through a large portion of it. I think movies like that are always better in the theater...or when drinking alcohol.

Movies watched at home just aren't as scary/funny/sad as they are in the theater...just my observation, anyway.
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:April 10th, 2007 11:08 pm (UTC)
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I always enjoy them better in the cinema too...particularly when there's something to look at. But i think i'd have had to have been pretty tanked up to find it any more funny than i did. I just really, really don't think Sascha Baron Cohen is funny.
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