Sacha Baron Cohen returns to the big screen with his latest character, The Dictator is the story of a North African dictator called Aladeen who takes it upon himself to risk his own life to travel to America trying to stop democracy coming to his beloved, if what oppressed, country.
The Dictator – Blazing Minds Film Review
So I’m going to start of this review by saying that I’ve never been a fan of Sacha Baron Cohen, Ali G was painful, Borat was terrible and Bruno was just like being tortured, now I’ve probably upset a lot of his fans now and they are all sitting reading this review and foaming at the mouth, but wait, I haven’t finished yet, that just the opening of my review.
The Dictator is different from the other as it’s on a bigger budget and you can tell this from the production of the film for the costumes, cameo roles and complete style of the film compared to his earlier movies.
What I do have to say is that The Dictator isn’t afraid to poke fun and insult almost everyone and even to the point of making fun of 911 whilst on a sight-seeing helicopter ride with some American tourists, too soon, not too sure, but it does touch on a nerve.
The film is politically satirical and it is funny, funny to the point that the audience, during my viewing, were in stitches even at parts of the film where you laugh out loud and then quickly think to yourself “Oh No! Should I really be laughing at that!”, such as the woman going in to labour and Aladeen helping her deliver, leading to some rather uneasy shots of inside the woman with his hands in there and his mobile phone!!!!
It is nice that The Dictator is more like a film and by that I mean it’s not like the last to Sacha Baron Cohen films that seem to be reality/mocumentary style. This does flow a lot better than those, yes there are those moments where the film does have those slightly long pauses, but then bam! You’re hit with something that just has you in fits and giggles again.
I’m Not A Fan Of Sacha Baron Cohen!
As I mentioned earlier in this review, I’ve never been a fan of his and have usually shied away from most of the stuff he does, but The Dictator is a nice move away from his earlier work and this far is far more enjoyable to watch, now if he produces in this style more often, then I’ll probably make the effort to see more.
But if he falls back to the reality TV style then I wouldn’t bother, The Dictator is a good move on his side.
Overall Thoughts On The Dictator
If you love Sacha Baron Cohen, then you’ll love the film, if you don’t like him, then still give it a go, I don’t like him and I was laughing my way through most of the film, but do go in with an open mind as you will probably be offended or shocked at least once during the film.