The Story: Borat Sagdiyev, Kazakhstan's sixth most famous man and a leading journalist from the State run TV network, travels from his home in Kazakhstan to the U.S. to make a documentary. On his cross-country road-trip, Borat meets real people in real situations with hysterical consequences.
The Good: I like! This movie is just flat out hilarious, and is perhaps the most bizarre fish out of water story ever told. The circumstances that Borat gets in to are so outlandish and out there that it just adds to the humor to even think that they could actually occur. There are several scenes that you know are wrong but you canít help and laugh. Sacha Baron Cohen completely loses himself in his portrayal of Borat, creating a character that appears to actually exist. He turns Borat into a very likeable guy who the audience ends up caring for, despite how ignorant or ridiculous he can be. Combined with his past performances as Ali G and Bruno, Cohen proves he is one of the most versatile actors in the business today.
The Bad: Several scenes feel like they run too short. They still are extremely funny but there seems to be many more laughs that could be had if they were slightly extended. Still, better to be too short and funny than too long and not. The movie itself loses steam over the course of the last third, managing to be not nearly as funny/creative as what came before it. Having also recently watched Da Ali G Show, I was slightly disappointed to see some of the same jokes reused again here.
The Verdict: Borat is the biggest breakout success of the year and has quickly become a cultural icon. The film is not for everyone, many will likely be offended by its outlandish portrayals and such, but for those who watch it, they will be dared not to laugh. The movie has been hailed by critics everywhere as one of the best comedies in recent times as well as one of the best movies of the year, which I feel is stretching it a little. Is it the funniest movie Iíve seen this year? Probably. The funniest ever? Probably not.