With 2006’s Borat, Sacha Baron Cohen made quite a splash by bringing his warped style of docu-comedy to the big screen. His latest release Bruno, of course finds him milking familiar territory, but I still found myself laughing while feeling a little guilty about it, probably just as much if not more than I had during Borat.
Of course there’s not a whole lot of plot to go around in a movie like this, but it shows Bruno, an overtly gay Austrian fashion journalist on a quest to “become a celebrity” in America. Much like Borat this makes for a series of instances in which Bruno causes unsuspecting victims to look ridiculous. These all range from a scene in which Bruno tries to seduce former presidential candidate Ron Paul, to Bruno’s incredibly brief interview with Harrison Ford, who might have the funniest line in the movie.
Going in to Bruno I wasn’t expecting a whole lot, seeing as though I thought he was probably the least amusing of Cohen’s three character’s from Da Ali G show, but I was really surprised at how clever a lot of the gags in the movie were. Sacha Baron Cohen’s fearless commitment to his character is just as brash this time around. And though there’s plenty of shocking, un-P.C. moments, plenty of these moments are able to expose some of the shocking bigotry that still exist in this country.
There’s certainly a lot more to laugh at than just jokes that poke fun at the cost of homosexuals, Bruno takes aim at pretty much every one with it’s sharp sense of satire. And although it’s brand of shocking humor might not seem quite as fresh as Borat, it still offers plenty of demented hilarity. In fact, I’m actually kind of looking forward to what Cohen will do next, seeing as though I’m not sure if he could pull off the same formula for a third time, but I’m sure it’s possible.