Sunday, July 19, 2009

Movie Review: Bruno

In 2006 Sacha Baron Cohen gave us Borat, it's been 3 years but his hotly anticipated follow up Bruno is now here. These movies tend to be love them or hate them movies. So let me get it out of the way by saying a loved Borat. I hated the way people wouldn't shut up about it but I loved the film. It was outrageous and crude but also had something to say. Bruno attempts to do the same but isn't quite as successful.

Borat made me look at people and wonder "what is wrong with people". Bruno made me wonder "What is wrong with Sacha Baron Cohen". In Borat I was amazed at how some people reacted to Borat as a person thinking he was so naive and primitive. In Bruno none of the antics he pulls really were suprising. The reactions were fairly reasonable and not a surprise. The scene in the end was the only exception where the crowds reactions really were messed up. I don't wanna give anything away but while what Bruno did was over the top it shouldn't have made grown men fall to tears in rage. The other reactions seemed to obvious like thinking it's funny because a man walks away after Bruno drops his pants for example. How is that a shocking revolution about people? Borat showed the obvious but also gave a little more but Bruno never gets that deep. Instead it is just focused on the gay jokes and not the political commentary. Don't get me wrong though it was still awfully funny at times it just didn't have as much to say and because of that the movie is a lot more forgettable.

The film was ultimately enjoyable but I don't think Bruno will catch on the way Borat did. Borat came out at a time where America needed a rude awakening. Bruno feels like it came way to late and something that would have had a much bigger impact had it come out 10 years ago. Nothing special is revealed other then this style of filmmaking has become stale.

3 out of 5

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