Monday, May 21, 2012
The Dictator review; a great satire about politics, foreign policy and the American way of life
Sacha Baron Cohen has been called many things during his career. Some people call him repulsive, and others call him a genius. I'm with the in between crowd. Some of his previous work, most notably Borat, was a bit crude for my taste. But the way Cohen had the ability to work people over was sheer genius. He followed up that film with Bruno. Using a similar style of going undercover, he was becoming an international star. So up now? The Dictator, the actors first starring role in a scripted comedy. Let's go.
What I liked about the film:
Sir Ben Kingsley is his usual great self. He plays the dictators uncle who may not be as loyal as we think. Jason Mantzoukas plays the dictators side-kick and partner in crime. He is funny and helps with the exposition needed to explain plot points. Anna Faris plays the love interest, with totally opposite ideals to that of the dictator. I thought it was brilliant how they made the two characters exact opposites in so many ways. Faris plays the part with the same sincerity she did in the Scary Movies. Her character may not have been the brightest, but she was the most honest.
What I didn't like about the film:
Some of the jokes in the film are used over and over again. This gets old really quickly. But have no fear, there is enough material in the film to view this as a simple oversight.
We Need More Comedies Like This