Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Borat Return Very Nice!
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is one of the best satires of the last several years. Again, Borat finds himself back in the U.S. for more shenanigans. The film’s release coincides with a hotly contested election season. Incredible improv-acting and social commentary make this a must-watch.
Acting on the Fly
We are all aware of Sasha Baron Cohen’s comedic skill. In Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, his comedic talents are on full display again. In a way, Borat is comparable to the Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp. He gets into trouble because of seemingly blind ignorance. Like Chaplin, Sasha Baron Cohen crafts great comedic scenes. Although there is a format for the script and story, the scenes are also naturally improvisational. Cohen’s ability to act within a real-world setting is always a joy to watch.
Along with Cohen, his co-star Maria Bakalova brings her formidable comedic skills to the table. She goes toe-to-toe with Borat as his daughter Tutar and doesn’t miss a beat. Together, both Bakalova and Cohen showcase their chemistry and zeal for improvisation. When asked about the casting process, he revealed that the process was rigorous. The actresses (over 50 auditioning) had to possess a good sense of improv. Bakalova made the cut, and in the film, she easily pulls off Borat’s daughter.
Making a Statement
The film is not all slapstick comedy though. Like Chaplin, Cohen offers a social commentary that causes viewers to examine the times. Cohen pulls back the curtain on the country’s current state and infiltrates its more outspoken groups. His improvised interactions allow him to understand their true beliefs. In a way, the film becomes a form of comedic anthropology.
Ultimately, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm brings lots of laughs but also challenges you to navigate through the weeds of rhetoric and tribalism.