Borat 2: Timely?

Borat Subsequent Movie Film (Or Borat 2), is a mockumentary comedy film directed by Jason Woliner. The plot this time around sees Borat (Sasha Baron Cohen) and his daughter Tutar (Maria Bakalova), venture back to America to try and restore Kazakhstan’s lost honour.

The long-awaited sequel arrives! To thunderous applause from some, I however, am more mixed. I thought though there were funny moments to be had, and Borat as a character is still charming and easy to watch, everything this time around just felt a bit more fake. I know Cohen went undercover for the role, but the people seem just a bit too eager to go along with everything he says and for the most part, don’t question anything, which is more than a little odd.

The film does struggle in my mind to justify its existence. Yes, it does deal heavily with American politics, so I guess an argument can be made for that being timely, but for the most part it just treads down paths that have already been done better by others before it.

The daddy daughter dynamic was fun, and it did lead to some nice heart-warming moments. I found Bakalova to be a lot of fun, she even managed to upstage Cohen a few times. It was quite a breakout for her.

Overall, though there is still some fun to be had this film doesn’t further the characters very much and feels slap dash to meet the election. I do hope this is the last we see from this character for a while.

Pros.

Cohen

Bakalova

A few good jokes

Cons.

It doesn’t justify its existence

It is disappointing and pails in comparison to the first film

It feels fake

2.5/5

Reviewed by Luke     

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