So, right off the bat I was expecting this movie to be absolutely horrible. This movie strikes a balance between the two, but leans more towards my personally favored Borat side. Also, just like most of Sacha Baron Cohen movies, there is a love story intertwined. Some folks just did not get the joke. Approach with an open mind. He is taken in by a woman who was there protesting Aladeen.
Aladeen tries to go in but is kept out. Like Sellers, Cohen is fearless in his characterizations and, again, like Sellers, there will be those who will take offense in this. You have to hear it for yourself. But, the bodily fluid gags, so rampant in comedy films today, are actually few and far between. The plot itself is not very immersive, and I believe that its only purpose is to lead you to the funny parts.
It made me realize how well Sacha Baron Cohen understands politics and stereotypes. It'll nail you to the screen. She gives him a job which is foreign to him. On the other hand, if you cringe at racist and stereotype jokes, you will be covering your ears virtually the entire movie. The plot is well thought out and funny. Whether it's believable or not is irrelevant. Nevertheless, The Dictator is satire, it is a movie making fun of the real world, and if you let it be, it makes you aware while laughing at the racist thoughts and stereotypes ordinary people have everyday.
I wish there were more comedies like that - crossing over the political correctness line, but not over the line of good taste, so as to make a movie hard to watch. The film is quite pointy, it is for a moderate audience and will make all kinds of extremists quite unhappy. The plot is your typical Sacha Baron Cohen plot; a person from an entirely different culture travels to America and you watch how incompatible the two cultures are. Storyline: Aladeen is the ego maniacal dictator of Wadiya who's hated by practically everyone in his country, even his confidants. I would consider that we both have a good sense of humor and are open to all sorts of jokes.
The object of comedy has always been to take down the high and mighty by whatever means necessary. Could Zoey be the key to him getting back into the game, or will Wadiya be stripped and sold to the highest bidding oil company? I usually avoid movies I know will be explicit and include crude humor because it's just not my cup of tea. I found Borat to be hilarious, but Bruno was a bit over the top for me. But, if you laughed your butt off at Sellers' simpleton Indian character destroying a Hollywood party, you will be laughing here too. .
Along the way, he meets a woman named Zoey who runs an organic health food store, and runs into a borough of New York that is essentially full of the people he supposedly executed several years ago. You can see it in his outrageous accents and in his ridiculous pratfalls. And, in the world of comedy, that's quite a compliment. I have seen other movies by Sacha Baron Cohen, like Bruno and Borat. So to those who are expecting and hoping for something similar to Bruno and Borat you may be left a little disappointed, but for those who wouldn't mind seeing something slightly different, and can take a movie for what it is, then you should enjoy this, as I did. I like the unorthodox character of this film, Sacha Baron Cohen's movies are definitely one of the kind.
I wouldn't consider the humor crude, but it is certainly honest. His verbal sparring with co-star Jason Mantzoukas is one of the highlights as are many of the fun cameo appearances and a running joke about his name that I will not reveal here. And that's what we're talking about; laughs. It's not the dramatic and sensitive kind of love story though. I will say this though, the ending speech of this movie given by 'The Dictator' really impressed me.
I'm glad this movie headed in a different direction from his previous efforts. The movie is definitely funny, but you will not enjoy it if you do not find jokes about racism and stereotypes funny. If you're looking for a movie with consistent but crude laugh-out-loud comedy, but do not look for a serious and powerful plot, then you will enjoy this film. I'm a little perplexed having read a couple of user reviews - one of them said this was movie was unbelievable and unconvincing due to the fact that it had a love theme going on? Yes, it has its strange and explicit scenes, but overall, I think it has substance and it was very funny. There are many great sight gags that are easily missed and the appearance of his Efawadh character at the U.
Many still don't get it today. I suppose the film 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' is unbelievable too? Some of the unthinkable things you see are likely to have happened in reality. Some comedy just isn't for everyone. The comedy in this movie is both hilarious and uncomfortable at times. I do not know if it was my low expectations before the screening, but I actually enjoyed this movie very much. In order to enjoy this movie, however, you do have to somewhat detach yourself from thinking too much into the wealth of racist and crude humor contained in the movie.
In fact, how many movies are believable? But, as Allen often did as well, Cohen uses racial and gender stereotypes to shine a light on people's attitudes, and that's likely to put off others as well. I went to see this movie with my friend. And there's a bit of a message, too. While his writing style owes much to Allen, his acting chops are also influenced heavily by one of Britain's greatest comics, Peter Sellers. He goes to New York to speak at the assembly about his country's nuclear weapons. But, then, this film made me laugh much more. And, if you happen to be a Middle Eastern despot, you will find much to be offended by here.