However, as even the tree people of Borneo now know, Borat is also the invention of Sacha Baron Cohen and is, therefore, about as offensive a character as it's possible to be without actual physical harm being visited upon everyone he comes into contact with.
The film opened No.1 in 'U S and A' last weekend which took in $26.4 million.
Jagshemash! Borrowing the tagline from the controversial Borat, please give this movie review a serious consideration. Wah wah wee wah!
Warning: Plot spoiler ahead.
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan or just simply Borat! premiered in the UK on Thursday. I would say this is a rather difficult movie to review as one would see this film as a lame slapstick racist, sexist, anti-Semitic comedy while others may find it as a very digusting but the most entertaining 'moving film' of the year.
First things first, here's the movie poster:
The film involves Borat leaving his home in Kazakhstan to come to the United States and record a documentary at the behest of the Kazakh Ministry of Information. He leaves behind his mother, wife and the town rapist, bringing along his obese producer Azamat. While in America he watches an episode of Baywatch and falls in love with Pamela Anderson, so he buys a dilapidated ice cream truck and drives (he does not wish to fly as he believes 9/11 was the work of Jews) from New York to Los Angeles to have her 'vagin' and make her his wife. Through the course of his trip he interviews people from across the country.
And the trailer:
As a journalist who brought 'disgrace' to his 'home country', Kazakhstan (sounds familiar back home?) while travelling to the U S and A to 'make moving film' while searching for Pamela Anderson's 'vagin', I would say Borat is a non-animated iconic comedian and movie for many more years to come. Rotten Tomotoes has given the film an almost perfect consensus 96% rating. And seriously, how many comedians would make fun of themself to the extent of getting dirty, digusting, getting arrested and assaulted and oh, being naked (no, I'm not talking about the Jackass or Dirty Sanchez series here).
In 4 words (although unoriginal), I would describe the film as:
Wah Wah Wee Wah!
From the TV screen to the silver screen and as you could see most of them from Youtube already, most of the scenes were already spoilt but they are still irresistible which makes you want to watch over and over again. So here are some of the classical scenes from the 'moving film':
The scene at the antique shop, where Borat was like a bull in a china shop:
The scene where Borat learned to say "What's up vanilla face?"
He couldn't afford a big-ass MPV, so he got an ice-cream van instead and a bear to 'protect' him from erhm...Jews.
One of my favourite scene from the film, the rodeo show where he sang the 'U S and A' national anthem in the lyrics of his native country's 'national anthem' and where he said 'We support your world of terror' and 'I support George Bush drink blood every child and women in Iraq'.
I will skip reviewing those other 'extreme hardcore' jokes from the film, so I don't care if you beg, borrow or steal, finding them yourselves is a must.
Other classical scenes from the film could be obtained from Wikipedia, IMDB and Rotten Tomotoes. You could also watch the first 4 minutes of the film here and other deleted scenes from its Youtube's offical page.
The film's OST is not to be missed also.
It features gypsy-inspired tunes and a spoof of Kazakhstan's national anthem, sung by his brother, Erran Baron Cohen. You can watch the anthem as follows:
Overall, I would rate the film as 7/10 as most of the scenes were spoilt in the trailer and on Youtube. Nevertheless, it is a movie film not to be missed especially when you are from a 'sensitive' country; in order to appreciate how silly and ugly one could be if we keep harping on 'sensitive' issues.
Oh, to read about the real Kazakhstan, you can check it out here. Oh, Malaysia is also going to set up a tourism office there.
Read about the real man behind Borat, Sacha Baron-Cohen, who is an Oxbridge graduate like his native comedian counterpart, Rowan Atkinson here.
We also have a very famous Oxbridge graduate. Wonder if he could become the iconic comedian of Malaysia? ;)