In 2006, “Borat,” a character from “Da Ali G Show,” was released worldwide. It became a critical and box office success earning Sacha Baron Cohen a Golden Globe Award for “Best Actor In A Musical Or Comedy.” Afterwards, Sacha played “Brüno,” another character from Da Ali G Show. Like Borat, it earned decent reviews. Sacha retired from his roles as Ali G, Borat & Brüno, in favor of pursuing career opportunities in other films including Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo,” voicing King Julian” from the “Madagascar” films, played General Aladeen in “The Dictator,” starred in a spy comedy “Grimsby” & created a comedy series on Showtime called, “Who Is America?” Sacha’s most recent movie is “The Trial Of The Chicago 7” streaming on Netflix.
While promoting Grimsby on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Sacha reprises his role as Borat poking fun himself, claiming Donald Trump is another made up character by Sacha. In 2018, he reappeared on Kimmel encouraging Americans to vote during midterm election.
Borat’s sequel was secretly filmed during the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic. When it was announced the sequel is finished under the title, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,” Sacha promoted the film in character by joining Instagram, Twitter & TikTok
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is currently streaming on Amazon Prime. It received positive reactions from critics. Despite good reception, Borat 2 stirred a few controversies pushing right-wing conservatives’ buttons, Sacha was sued for fraud for including a Holocaust survivor even though he already revealed his true identity before she died & Rudy Giuliani’s involvement who wasn’t aware he was being filmed. Regardless of making some groups mad, Sacha addressed the problems.
Today’s review doesn’t contain any crucial SPOILERS. I’m giving everybody a chance to see Borat 2. Feel free to read my non-spoiler article.
Nice & Naughty Aspects
Nice: Sacha Baron Cohen reprises his role as Borat. He did a hilarious job for his performance. In addition to portraying the character, he co-wrote & co-produced the sequel.
The sequel is set 14 Years after the events of the first movie. Borat is instructed by The Kazakhstan Government to go back to America and search for Mike Pence if he wants to restore his country in one peace.
Sacha’s younger brother, Erran Baron Cohen composed music for the sequel as he did last time.
Some of the jokes were funny. Borat continues to push people’s buttons by exposing a specific person or groups’ hypocrisy.
Newcomer, Maria Bakalova did a solid job for her performance as Borat’s daughter, Tutar.
Tutar factors in as she travels with Borat to find Mike Pence.
Like the first movie, the sequel mocks many targets like American culture, celebrities, right-wing politics, radical conservatives, 2020 Presidential Election, Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Rudy Giuliani & the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic. If you’re easily offended as republican or associated with right-wing politics, you’ll probably hate this movie to death. In my opinion, I thought it was funny as heck. Personally, I’m not a Republican or a Democrat. I’m more of an Independent not associated with these two parties. I’m used to political satire when it comes to SNL or South Park picking designated targets.
Borat 2’s sequel has a long title as in the first movie.
Due to the events of the first film, Borat is heavily recognized by the public. He goes incognito wearing disguises to avoid detection.
Remember that time Sacha attended “The 2020 March For Our Rights Rally” disguised as a country singer? Prior to the film said release, footage was recorded and downloaded all over The Internet. According to Sacha, he was scared performing in front of radical confederates/conservatives. After performing a song making fun of them, Sacha immediately flees away.
Sacha actually stayed at the two conservatives’ home in character for five days. Now that’s dedication in the making.
If you already looked at the poster, Borat’s trademark mankini is redesigned with a face mask.
A Plot Twist happens near the end of the movie.
Like Brüno, a famous A-List celebrity makes a cameo appearance.
The film dedicates the memory of Judith Dim Evans, a Holocaust survivor. Before she died, Sacha informed her he was in character, he also told her he’s Jewish in real life. Thank goodness he did the right thing.
Naughty: Is it me, or does Borat sound an awful lot like General Aladeen from “The Dictator?”
Without giving anything away, two characters from the last film are absent. Doesn’t feel the same.
Although some moments were funny, nothing couldn’t top the fight scene from the last movie.
When I saw a preview for Borat 2, I thought it was gonna be like a laugh out loud road movie as in the first film. Borat 2 however, didn’t seem quite right.
The Final Verdict: B-
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is an average sequel. As a fan of Sacha’s work, I have to give him tough love when it comes to trying to recapture lightning in a bottle. All I can say is in fact, not enough high voltage. If you’re a fan of Borat or Da Ali G Show, Borat’s sequel might leave you disappointed. I was gonna give Borat 2 a C, but I’ve decided to give it an average grade. If Sacha is planning to bring back Ali G or Brüno in their own sequel, I’m open to a follow up. Borat’s sequel serves as a warning.