Sacha Baron Cohen is back. The second installment of the Borat films comes with many of the laughs, pranks, and craziness as its predecessor. It also comes with an underlying message about where the United States is today in terms of politics and leadership, which is especially important to think about as the upcoming Presidential election nears.
The film begins with Borat Sagdiyev (Sacha Baron Cohen), now imprisoned by his home country, being told to deliver a present for United States Vice President Mike Pence. If he fails his mission, he will be executed by his government. This time around, Borat is accompanied by his 15-year-old daughter Tutar (Maria Bakalova). The pair arrive in Texas, and meet many interesting people during their adventure while travelling to the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington D.C.
Like the first film, Borat is able to show viewers the sides of America that are not usually very public and provides them with an inside look on the lives of people they normally would never meet. It can be quite shocking to listen to what some people believe, but it is much needed in understanding the various types of people that do indeed live here.
Because their home country does not treat women as equals to men, both Borat and Tutar are able to learn a lot of things in America and undergo some serious character development. As they travel across multiple states, they see different types of people and different ways of life. It is fun and entertaining to go on this journey with them, and to see where they end up.
While this film has a familiar feel and tone, it does differ from the original Borat (2006). Due to the global success of his first film, Baron Cohen was unable to perform as the well-known character for a decent amount of this film in fear of being recognized. He was forced to act as Borat disguised as someone else, which was remarkably interesting to see. This film also lost some of the mockumentary style that the first one had and seemed to have more of a concrete storyline.
Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm was a great movie, and I encourage everyone who reads this to view it. It was released at a time when we needed it most. It can provide comedic relief in what feels like a very dark time, as well as topical political and social commentary on the United States today. It is available for viewing on Amazon Prime Video