Friday, July 10, 2009
Hilarious a lot of the time, but not all of the time, it follows pretty much the exact same "weirdo on a journey" plot as Borat (rendering it disappointingly predictable), and after that film's notoriety, you can't help sitting there during every "real person" encounter wondering how real or scripted it really is. As I understand, the steel cage rumble scene at the end and the interviews in the "Middle Earth" were real, but I don't know about the rest. There was also an apparently real interview with LaToya Jackson with some quite innocuous references to Michael that were in the film when I saw it at an advance screening three weeks ago, but which were pulled from all prints after Jackson's death.
If you liked Borat, you would probably enjoy this as well. I did, for the most part. But a warning, before you go. This movie is designed to take the piss out of homophobes, and much of the character of Brüno is about confronting them with their own ridiculous stereotypes of gay people and the fears that acceptance of gays in our culture means that you might suddenly be confronted with two guys having anal sex right in your living room in front of you and your children. As such, there is a lot of penis in this film, as well as depictions of ... let's say unconventional sexual practices. In fact, I'm rather surprised that it got an R rating. That naked wrestling match in Borat is NOTHING to some of the shocks in this film.