July 10, 2009


Yes I was set up for that properly watching some bequiffed idiot slagging it off on BBCNews24.

"I laughed three times blah blah, It's the end of the road for Sasha Baron-Cohen blah blah."

Pekham Multiplex is fairly rowdy on a Friday night and the perfect place to see this movie. I have never been in a cinema where everyone laughed so much. I can't say a lot without spoiling it for you. I prefer Borat as a character, but obviously with Bruno Baron-Cohen has more scope to offend more people in much more offensive ways which he does as an almost ritualistic artform. Genius. Watch it.

Lots of gay people review the film on Newsnight here, but watch the film first.

UPDATE: I watched the film again with some friends in the more sedate and plush Greenwich picture house. Deathly silence as the film started. It was all wrong. When I sit down in Pekham I usually ask myself why am I paying money for this- but to watch Bruno you need a baying crowd of friday night lunatics. None of the people I went with liked the film at all. I suppose you either get Sasha Baron Cohen or you don't. Personally I think he is the most imortant comedian alive at the moment. I think people are going to write thesies about his comedy. My friends were suggesting that it needed a written introduction for people to understand it!



Indigobusiness said...

I'm completely undone by words like "bequiffed", the mind boggles and I can't get past it.

I wanted to say something relevant about the post but I've fallen down the rabbit hole. It's like reading A Clockwork Orange...I need a glossary.

Indigobusiness said...

Nevermind...I found an explanation.

I figured as much.

Pardon the interruption.

DAVE BONES said...

Yeah. Fuckin dumbass teddyboy movie reviewer

Indigobusiness said...

Yeah, it rankles me how anyone can take the piss out of Cohen's work without, at least, crediting the originality and sheer riskiness of it.

Love it or hate it, Sasha Baron-Cohen has established an artform of his own, and that alone has substantial merit. He may not always hit the mark but he is truly masterful at times.

If he makes some uncomfortable, so be it. Artists often do that.

DAVE BONES said...

My thoughts exactly. It is the latest in a long tradition of classic Jewish comedy

DAVE BONES said...

Also the abstract way in which his characters set out to weave a story through set ups some of them involving so many duped people, as you say, it is artistry. Proper abstact art. Anyway I will shut up.

Indigobusiness said...

He functions as an odd sort of social critic. He holds his own brand of funhouse mirror up to society, and people naturally squirm.