It has been 14 years since Sacha Baron Cohen’s iconic and controversial character, Borat, first (dis)graced our screens. In this, the title character’s second adventure, the plot still does not matter. Fans of Baron Cohen’s wild, hard-hitting, truth-telling and revealing adventures will be more than happy to see Borat return after his almost decade-and-a-half hiatus.
The full title of the movie, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, gives us a fair glimpse into exactly what to expect – except that the movie delivers everything we know it will, and then continues to push boundaries in a way that only Sacha Baron Cohen can.
The first controversial film was released in 2006, which in this current political and media climate, is truly is a lifetime ago. For Borat Sagdiyev, these 14 years have also been quite challenging. He has become a global celebrity – which, of course, comes with its challenges – he also has fathered multiple children and has become quite the embarrassment to his homeland of Kazakhstan. In this new film, one that came as a surprise to many fans but that needed to be released at this exact time, when global politics seems to be hanging by a thread amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Borat needs to make amends.
Borat Sagdiyev needs to put Kazakhstan back on the map. He has no choice but to accept this mission in order to win back the favour of his countrymen, and the only way he can do so is to make amends with the United States of America. He attempts to do so through a number of outlandish methods, including offering up a “sexy-gift” that catches U.S. Mayor Rudy Giuliani in a very compromising trap – one that has made headlines all over the world, and resulted in Giulianireleasing a half-hearted apology for his actions.
A lot has changed for Borat. While he became a worldwide sensation, Cohen tried his best to leave the character behind. However, now that he is back with his very necessary commentary on racism, sexism and a number of other pressing international political issues. Along for the ride is his “soon-to-be-beautiful” daughter, Tutar Sagdiyev, who prefers to be known as Sandra Jessica Parker Sagdiyev. Maria Bakalova holds her own against Baron Cohen and delivers an outstanding performance in what one can only imagine must have been quite a challenging role.
The adventures and hilarities that ensue fits the same mould as the original Borat movie which was full of the character trying to play fun games and pranks. It feels painfully relevant in today’s political climate. Sacha Baron Cohen and director, Jason Woliner, make magic together. Their team of writers, while coming up with the most absurd concepts, hold a mirror to the society that we currently live in – it is absurd in and of itself. It certainly is an excellent follow-up to its predecessor and fans of Borat and his ever-controversial creator will certainly not be disappointed by Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.