Director: Larry Charles
Cast: Sacha Baron Cohen, Gustaf Hammarsten, Clifford Banagale, Josh Meyers
When looking at Bruno, it’s obviously apparent you have to look at Cohen’s definable characters and his last film – Borat (2006), which although is not a prequel to Bruno, gives a good idea of what to expect within his boundaries of comedy. Question is: how could Cohen go overboard on what was deemed risqué last time round?
Well here it is – Bruno is a Austrian homosexual fashion guru, who believes his cause in life is to become famous by literally any means necessary – which is tried out in various ways throughout the film – for example, when Bruno thinks it’s a good idea to get kidnapped by real life terrorists – how Cohen got out of this one having filmed in the Middle East I’ll have no idea.
The thing about Cohen is – the characters that Cohen personally comes up with are the most irritating, stupid, cringe worthy, sexist and offensive people imaginable – but that’s in a sense, the funny part about it – how far can a comedian go to risk himself and his career for the sake of entertainment? Even though the film basically plays on different lifestyles and ideas through a documentary type feel, there are huge, real, moral issues raised as well –
- Should celebrities be allowed to adopt children?
- Why are certain people celebrities and not others?
- Is a cardboard box a really good way to transport a baby?
In my opinion, this film is definitely above the level of Borat. I thoroughly enjoyed the film as for me, it pushed more boundaries in terms of film-making than last time. If you’re one of those people who are easily offended, it’s really not the film for you. But if you’re willing to keep an open mind, it’s highly amusing.