One thing about me is that I have always been a movie love-
Oh, wait. Wrong User.
GOOOOOOOOOOOD DAY LADIES AND GENTLEBOTS! Ynot may love movies, but as my old film teacher said, I BLEED cellulite!
So, Ynot inspired me to make this topic with an idea he gave me: Make a parody of my film reviews. I decided to take it one step further. I'll throw in my own review style and discuss the films even Ynot wouldn't dare to watch!
Today's review: "THE DICTATOR"
No, not the Charlie Chaplin film. The one made by Sacha Bara Cohen, known for his portrayals of Borat and Brüno.
Summary: In this cinematic adventure, Sacha plays Admiral General Aladeen, a North African/Middle Eastern dictator of the Republic of Wadiya. Oppressive, cruel, racist, and friends with every dictator you know, Aladeen rules Wadiya with an iron fist.
He is later invited to speak at a UN meeting after facing possible sanctions from the rest of the world. Suddenly, he is kidnapped and is no longer in power. How will Admiral General Aladeen get back on the throne, and can he survive the insanity of New York City life?
This film is hilarious at many points. There are also a great deal of racial, political, and sexual jokes thrown in there as well, so it's your standard comedy with sprinkles of raunch and dark humor too. However, the film does have a degree of wit to it.
The political humor is something this film revels in. You will not fully understand how funny certain scenes and/or jokes are if you do not familiarize yourself with the current political climate.
As for the performances, I must say, Ben Kingsley and Anna Faris play their parts very well, but Sacha Baron Cohen steals the show with his portrayal of Aladeen and another character (won't say who he is because it involves spoilers). His exaggerated accent, his attire, mannerisms, all fit the character perfectly. Fans of Cohen will not be disappointed, even if it's not a mockumentary like his previous two films.
Like I said, there are SEVERAL racial stereotypes thrown in. What's interesting is that the Aladeen character is very racist to others, so most of it is portrayed in a negative light. However, there remain a few Middle Eastern stereotypes that are exaggerated to comedic effect. Of course, not every Middle Eastern person is portrayed as a savage, but most of the significant characters in this film of this region are displayed as such. They don't even spend time trying to relate it to Islamism. I know someone who was offended because of these stereotypes. Many people would have moral qualms about that, and I do not blame them at all.
Political humor isn't as offensive at times, unless you support Middle Eastern dictatorships or Islamism. Some may take issue with Aladeen's constant insults thrown towards leftist activist Zoey. Or with his completely non-factual and out-of-nowhere comments in favor of Occupy Wall Street, and slight mockery of the Bush years, which last I checked ended in 2008. Why aren't we making jokes about the incumbent?
In other words, it's political satire at all people's, even oil businessmen's, expense.
Those of you who are looking for a moral message in movies, skip this one. Seriously. No joke. There is absolutely nothing morally satisfying about this, unless you consider laughing to be cathartic.
Oh, and like I said, there are raunchy scenes in it. Some moments involving certain private body parts will cause you to feel a bit grossed out. You were warned.
3.9/5 Points. If you plan on watching it, do it with friends (not alone, because it probably won't be that funny).