The Dictator starring Sacha Baron Cohen aired laughter and ridiculous antics last May 16th 2012. Sacha Baron Cohen plays the character of Aladeen who does not want to give up his dictatorship in his country. Everybody knows Sacha Baron Cohen from the comedy film “Borat” and “Bruno”. So how did his new movie: The Dictator came through for critics and fans? Well Rotten Tomatoes reported that this new comedy film received 68% fresh ratings from critics and 87% of the site’s audiences will definitely see the movie. So let’s take a look at a movie review provided to us by Amy Biancolli:
“The Dictator: A Review On Sacha Baron Cohen’s New Movie
“The Dictator” is only 83 minutes long, and thank goodness. As the first scripted movie collaboration between star Sacha Baron Cohen and director Larry Charles, it riffs wildly on fish-out-of-water and rom-com cliches that are known to go flabby when a film runs long.
Crazy humor, be it an interior-vagina scene or a dazzlingly counterintuitive scene in “Forrest Gump,” works best in concentrated doses. Like so much of Cohen’s work, “The Dictator’s” over-the-top rant against the rank lunacy of authoritarianism deploys comedy like an act of violence; it’s outrageous, quick and leaves us breathless, whether from laughter or shock.
Cohen, of “Borat” and “Brüno” fame, plays Adm. Gen. Aladeen, the fulsomely bearded and beribboned dictator of a fictitious North African country called Wadiya. As satire goes, most of this is too broad to cut deeply, but it is undeniably propulsive and funny. The shtick in “The Dictator” is an exercise in overstatement that allows Cohen to embody That Which We Hate and imbue it with an unexpected, birdbrained cuddliness.
Yes, there is something cuddly about him – maybe it’s the dark eyes, or the whack-job innocence in them as he presses home the idiocy of a gag. True, he’s playing a vicious, murderous, despotic boob, but he’s playing a vicious, murderous, despotic boob with a latent nice streak. Aladeen just doesn’t know any better.
He’s as ignorant of moral strictures as he is of masturbation, rendered moot by ubiquitous babes. Instructed in both by love interest Zoey (a cropped Anna Faris, doing her best work in eons), the misguided tyrant thus embarks on what he later classifies as “his spiritual journey, man – like ‘Eat, Pray, Love.’ “
Zoey meets the admiral general when he visits New York to respond to U.N. demands over Wadiya’s nuclear weapons program. He gets kidnapped, debearded and replaced by an imbecilic goat-herding double before escaping into a crowd of protesters. There he meets the peacenik, piliferous Zoey, and the movie softens and sweetens with cliche.
The multiple-author screenplay, by Cohen and the three who co-wrote “EuroTrip,” is a mix of comic bombshells and conventional plot devices that add up to an entertaining goof. This isn’t the last word on cinematic send-ups of totalitarianism – for that, we still have Charlie Chaplin’s “The Great Dictator” – but it’s a fine and riotous jab in the ribs.”
The original article can be read at San Francisco Chronicle
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