Reasons to watch it:
- If you’re a fan of Sacha Baron Cohen
- If you like that awkward style humour
- Or that racist style
- It does have a few pretty good laughs
Reasons to skip it:
- I don’t even think I need to say this, but if you’ve easily offended, skip it.
- If you’re hoping for a return to Borat greatness
- If you’ve got something better to do
The Dictator is another character created by Sacha Baron Cohen. While I respect the genius and level of acting it must take for him to create and perform as these characters, the novelty is starting to wear off. Borat was amazing because it had never really be done before. It was fresh and new. You marvelled at the size of his balls for doing and saying the things he did. Now, either his balls have shrunk a bit or he’s just too high profile to pull those things off. What I mean is that many of the characters in The Dictator are now actors hired to read from the scripts given to them. In a conventional movie, that is of course fine, but the best part of Borat and even Bruno was how he would talk to every day people and get them to do stupid shit.
All of this would be whole heartedly forgiven, of course, if the movie was funny. And it can be. But it isn’t all the time. It’s kind of tiring hearing him just trying to make an ass of himself being racist and ignorant. As I said, there were a few moments that were genuinely quite funny, but only a handful.
Overall, I would say give it a go if you’re bored or have nothing better to do, but it’s not going to be anything more than a way to use 90 minutes up.