Movies continue to come out on streaming services this year at a rapid pace. The fact that Sacha Baron Cohen filmed all of this in secret, during a pandemic, deserves an award in itself.
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm stars Sacha Baron Cohen as Borat alongside some familiar faces (I’m not allowed to say who) and not so familiar faces. Cohen stars around someone alongside Maria Bakalova who plays his daughter.
The movie follows Kazakhstan reporter Borat Sagdiyev on his journey to return to the U.S. and A for a secret mission. He must give his daughter away to someone (I won’t say who). This sequel takes a lot of the same beats from the first movie; shockumentary, political satire, and all-around goofiness. But this time, the movie has a sense of urgency. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm shows our country as it really is and like the first movie, it makes fun of it. It’s almost sad to think that these things are a reality sometimes.
Baron Cohen’s ability with a pen is admirable. He writes some hilarious satire that seems as though it’d be too harsh for 2020, but it’s hilarious. While some of the callbacks from the first film, like gypsy tears, might feel like a bit much in the beginning, after about ten minutes the film gets the ball rolling with fresh material. Borat and his daughter Sarah Jessica Parker Sagdiyev play off of one another incredibly. There are some great moments in this movie that spotlight their father-daughter relationship, but again I’m not at much liberty to elaborate.
While I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, I did have some issues with the pacing. Towards the second half of the second act in the movie, it lingers a little. The plot becomes thin and it almost feels tiring, but there’s a shocking moment in the third act that brings you right back into the movie. I can feel the heat coming for this person after… yikes.
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is EASILY the funniest movie I’ve seen this year and for fans of the first one, satire, and shocking humor, I ABSOLUTELY recommend this movie to you. After watching this, it will be clear the country needs a change.
Are you planning on watching Borat Subsequent Moviefilm? Check it out when it comes to Amazon Prime on October 23rd! Check out the video review: