Remember “Borat” or “Bruno”? Well both of these films were huge let downs in the comedy department if you ask me, and for the 2012 comedy, “The Dictator”, I felt a large amount of hesitation prior to viewing it, fearing another film stuffed with stupidity that would eat away at my brain like acid from a soda eats away our teeth.
The story: Admiral General Haffaz Aladeen (Sacha Baron Cohen) goes to New York to address the United Nations Council. Upon his arrival he is kidnapped and a mentally challenged Aladeen lookalike is put in his place. This is all part of his uncle Tamir’s (Ben Kingsley) plan to take power. Aladeen isn’t able to convince anyone of who he really is, seeing as everyone thinks they know where he is, fooled by the decoy. He must devise a plan to regain control of the situation, dealing with some events along the way.
Evaluation: I despised “Borat” because it was one stupid thing after another, and after so many lame attempts at humor, it just get’s old. “The Dictator” on the other hand, has more story to it in the first place, and makes more sense as a movie. With a better plot and better main character, this film kicks “Borat” in the rear. The ridiculousness is still discovered within the movie, but if you can look past the bad humor, there is a decent amount of “funny” to be enjoyed. And by all means, if you actually liked “Borat” or “Bruno”, then you should very much like this new addition to Cohen’s character list.
I still hear some people say “Borat” was better and can’t be beat. I figuratively weep for anyone’s well being who thinks this is true, for their movie viewing standards are far lower than I can comprehend.
Total Abstract Rating: 80% I found in this movie what should have been in those others, and I can only wonder just how much better this film could have been, if the others had been this funny.
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