Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Dictator- A Bit of a Disappointment

Sacha Baron Cohen's new movie, The Dictator, came out little while ago, but I just finally got around to seeing it. Based on the previews, I was pretty excited about the movie, but that is never a good sign for me.

I think it's fair to say that most people loved Borat, including my 80 year old Jewish grandparents (I think they actually liked it more than me somehow)! Borat brought on so many Halloween costumes and hilarious quotes. Then there was Brüno... I'm not exactly squeamish or one to hide from a movie if it gets to be a little too much, but all I remember from that is covering my face half of the movie. I was definitely not a fan of that one.

Now there is The Dictator. Sacha Baron Cohen plays evil oppressor, Aladeen, in the country of Wadiya who executes anyone who so much as accidentally looks at him. When the UN calls for him to make a speech or Wadiya will be bombed, he travels to NYC to speak. Ben Kingsley, who plays Tamir, comes up with a plot to get rid of Aladeen when they are in NYC. He thinks Aladeen is dead, but really he had his beard cut off and is hiding at a hippie store in Brooklyn where no one recognizes him as the evil dictator. As I'm sure most people can guess, he falls in love with the girl who owns the store and there are some obvious problems.

Overall, the movie was very predictable and I had seen all of the funny parts in the previews before seeing the movie. Don't get me wrong, I did laugh at some parts. As usual there are quite a few Jewish jokes, but overall, the movie was no Borat. There is also a random mix of actors in the movie. I never imagined Anna Faris and Ben Kingsley starring in the same movie. There was one part in particular that rubbed me the wrong way when it got a bit serious. I guess I should have expected it considering it's obviously a tool for Cohen to express his feelings on politics, but it just seemed unnecessary. But that is just my opinion, as well as the guy who sat behind me who very loudly said, 'that was terrible!' at the end of the movie (even though he brought his 10 year old son with him to the R-rated movie).  It's worth a watch at the dollar theatre for sure, and I'm sure it'll be there soon.


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