23 May 2012

Film Reviews - The Dictator

Saw The Dictator today \o/

Certificate – 15
Running time – 83
Scene after the credits – During the credits

Cast –
Sacha Baron Cohen as Aladeen / Efawadh
Ben Kingsley as Tamir
Anna Faris as Zoey

The plot

For forty years, the North African Republic of Wadiya has been ruled by Admiral General Hafez Aladeen, a childish, lecherous, anti-western and antisemitic despot who surrounds himself with female bodyguards and is working on developing nuclear weapons.

After the United Nations Security Council resolves to intervene militarily, Aladeen travels to the UN Headquarters in New York City to address the council.

What's right with it?

Sacha's new character is different enough to his previous efforts so things feel fresh and with the addition of Anna Faris and Ben Kingsley bring this up a few notches to make it feel more believable

It's got a lot of great jokes and moments

What’s wrong with it?

If you go in not knowing it's NOT like Bruno or Borat in that there are no real-life interactions or mockumentary as it were, as it is all scripted, then this will come as a complete surprise.

Some of the jokes do fall flat but other scenes definitely make up for it.

Being a Sacha film there are a few gross out moments but nothing as bad as in Bruno.

Best Scene?

Has to be the helicopter scene

Best Quotes?

Doctor: [Aladeen rewrote the language so his name means both "positive" and "negative"] Do you want the Aladeen news or the Aladeen news?
Patient: The Aladeen news?
Doctor: You're HIV-Aladeen.

Zoey: Could you please take your hands off my breasts?
Aladeen/Efawadh: Those are breasts? I thought you are a boy.

General Aladeen: Give a man a vagina and he will spick for the day, teach a man to use his hand as a vagina and he will spick for a life time.

Bonus Trivia

In the film, the Republic of Wadiya location is actually the real country of Eritrea

The film score was composed by Sacha's older brother Erran Baron Cohen

The language that Aladeen and Nadal speak on the helicopter tour is actually Hebrew, and not Arabic.

Final Thoughts

If you're a fan of Sacha you'll love this but if you go in expecting his previous efforts you'll be in for some disappointment

Only some though because there are some awesome jokes in there

My Advice?

Go see it!

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