Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Review – You Just Can’t Stop Laughing

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While everyone was pondering over what will happen next in this gritty 2020 some form of solace caressed the internet with the revelation of Borat Subsequent Moviefilm starring the master of the comic delivery and timing, Sacha Baron Cohen!

Yes! You read it correctly my friend, the comedy and satire which symbolises a mockumentary with a shovel hitting, jaw-dropping and in-your-face attitude of Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan released worldwide on Amazon Prime Video.

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Who is Borat?

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If you have this question it’s okay you might be living under a rock or a Gen Z who is not familiar with Borat. If that is the case then you might find yourself in for a treat because Borat till date, is single-handedly the film defining the genre when it comes to making a mockumentary with cinematography which was unforeseen and so subtle that it embraced the essence of Kazakhstan and USA while mocking them throughout the journey.

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan gave us a simple local news reporter from Kazakhstan and his journey to understand the cultural heritage of the United States. The premise is so simple but you cannot find monotony when you Sacha Baron Cohen a script.


Beautifully Crafted!

The prominence of a great actor or movie comes from the inhibition to play characters with a sense of being carefully careless in their respective roles and Borat embodied it in a way which is Sacha Baron Cohen’s exclusive satirical portrayal of characters like Borat, Bruno, Admiral General Aladeen and even Ali G.

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This mockumentary is allegedly so in-your-face that it makes the viewers ponder over the widely accepted yet extremely vague practices that are prevalent in our society. It breaks the spine of those preconceived notions of patriarchal prosperity and definition of democracy in general. The determination of Cohen is almost identical to the first iteration of the Borat which was released 14years ago and has aged like wine.


The Redemption of Borat!

The shenanigans of Borat made him a household name across the globe except for the native land of Kazakhstan which was extremely furious with Borat’s last visit and for that he is sent to Gulag the prison. The infamous Borat gets a chance by the Kazakhstani government to undo the wrongdoings of the last visit by making sure Borat goes to the USA again.

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The times have changed for this simple man and USA is in the tattered state politically, people’s recognition of Borat and changing attires with a gracefulness which can be done only by Sacha Baron Cohen.


Irina Nowak knocks it out of the Park!

The co-lead with Cohen is Irina Nowak who artistically transformed into Borat’s daughter with ease and the script made sure that the dialogues, which are already lesser in a mockumentary, are distributed with equality and capacity. The film never tries to encash the credibility of Cohen only as it made sure that equivalent dialogues and scenes are given to the co-lead who did just to begin Borat’s daughter.

The character arc of Tutar played by Irina is a pulchritudinous portrayal of a girl understanding life and it’s valued while his father is the sheer opposite. The verbal collision between them is hilarious to the extent of bursting your appendix.


Mocking the Elite Group while Punching Down!

Michael Pence and Donald Trump are one of the untouchables in the current political scene of USA and Borat obliterated them and their political opinions while taking a jab at their personal perversions. Sacha Baron Cohen has balls of steel as his mockery has no limits to it. He engages in a situation and takes it to another level as you will see in this abysmal laughing spree. Rudy Giuliani the former mayor of NYC deals with this in a first-hand experience with Sacha and Irina.

Kevin Spacey and other famous celebrities were shown a mirror to reflect their respective real and reel life role. The impersonation of Trump and sabotaging the Michael Pence conference required an immense amount of talent and guts to make sure he is left flabbergasted!


If it’s Pseudo-Anything Borat will take it down!

The pseudo-secularism, feminism, nationalism, capitalism and other stereotypical prejudices are never safe from Cohen’s mockery and in order to achieve it, he will go to any lengths possible.

This time around Instagram influencers were also in the hindsight of Borat and Tutar. They make sure that everything toxic that is there on social media is obliterated one by one with the precision of a brain surgeon. The difference between feminism and equality is established by Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm.


Borat’s Covid 19 Conspiracy!

Sacha Baron Cohen is a juggernaut when it comes to making fun of things which are usually not made fun of and the dreaded Covid 19 virus is not going to escape his grasp as it met its maker. No spoilers here so go and find out yourself!

Kazakhstan benefits from the “cultural learnings”

If a person looks at a cake and just next to it is one with cherry on the top which one will you take?

I know the answer, you know the answer everyone knows the answer!

The one with the cherry if you ain’t allergic to it, this mockumentary makes sure the character arcs are closed graciously.

Borat “Margaret” Sagdiyev is finally revealed and Tutar’s coming of age is done in a way which is better than any mockumentary ever. Borat: The Subsequent Moviefilm is a delight to ride with the characters who come so natural to us and yet make us uncomfortable.

A comic genius! and a Must watch!


Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm is streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

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Shreshtha Shukla
"Thou art the suffering from which unwarranted melancholia emerges" Shreshtha Shukla is a writer, teacher, and a film enthusiast.

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