Borat - For the betterment of Borat
| I was worried about seeing this film because I have always found the character of Borat fairly tiring on television. Usually I would find him funny for about 5 minutes and then get really tired of the joke as it was dragged on and on. Therefore, sitting in a full length movie of the character did not sound appealing.
Fortunately, the film Borat takes the concept from the television show, edits each segment down to much more manageable lengths, and allows the character to really come alive. Instead of just doing his schtick (in pretending to be the bumbling Borat with poor english skills, he catches people in their own ugliness and makes fools of them) he actually creates a narrative and catharsis for Borat which allows the film to take on a life of its own.
He still does the schtick. Don't worry, you get lots of stupid americans saying horrible things and making themselves look like assholes. I still wonder how people can fall for this without figuring it out but then again maybe these people don't watch HBO. You will be shocked at the things people are willing to say even when they know they are being filmed. They don't realise they are the butt of the joke. It's ignorance on parade.
His schtick is hilarious. Watch as he finds the freakiest fools to humiliate on the the big screen. Also, the uninitiated may be shocked and possibly horrified with the things that come out of his mouth. However, it's impossible not to laugh. Cohen has tapped into something brilliant here and fortunately, it doesn't get tired in these 90 minutes.
However, the parts I loved the most were the parts that weren't about fooling the crowds but were instead allowing Borat to be in created absudrd situations. There is a nude wrestling scene which is probably the funniest thing I have seen in a movie all year. It's snorting your movie beverage through your nose funny. That makes for a good time at the cinema!
Enjoy and don't be scared. Borat is offering us some great laughs along with some intelligent social deconstruction.