Movie review - 1370°C
Apr. 7th, 2007
03:57 am - Movie review
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.