I watched the new Borat movie at the weekend. The first thing I would say about this movie is don’t watch it if you are easily offended. On the surface the movie goes out of its way to be politically incorrect on a number of issues mostly on its treatment of the Jewish faith and Borat’s attitude towards women. However, I think it’s the more subtle references that for me provide most of the humour. I like the part where Borat speaking to a bunch of rednecks at a rodeo says he supports “America’s war of terror” note the subtle slip which the rednecks appear to put down to Borat’s poor grasp of the English language.
I also particularly like the part where Borat when driving an ice cream van accidentally turns the music on causing children to run towards it only for a large bear to appear at the window. The most interesting thing about this movie is that it is shot with a mixture of actors and real people whom are not aware of Borat’s real identity. In some scenes it is obvious that the actors know what is happening but in others we have real people thinking they are talking to a real journalist from Kazakhstan instead of a comedian posing as one.
This makes for very interesting viewing, for example when Borat is talking to a feminist group and asks why do we bother educating women when they have such small brains. The boundaries between real and scripted scenes are frequently blurred. I would hope that the redneck who shows such strong prejudices about homosexuals and Muslims is an actor and not a real person but we can’t really be sure. It’s either a very good example of real racist prejudices in American society or clever acting.
In all I enjoyed the movie although there are a lot of moments where you find yourself cringing at Borat’s treatment of innocent unsuspecting Americans. Still thats part of the films appeal.