Ben is a lifelong Nintendo fan who likes to build websites, and make video games. He buys way too much Lego.
If I can tell you one thing about Bruno it’s this.
There’s too much to describe in Bruno, it’s a whirlwind of cringe inducing moments with a fair amount of male nudity. If you’ve seen Borat then you know what to expect… only you need to amp up the ‘shock’ moments.
Sasha Baron-Cohen is clearly going out of his way to cause controversy. He knew that people would be expecting more Borat, so pushed things closer to the line – exposing prejudices (anti gay issues) and extremism (parents willing to sacrifice their children – literally).
It also features Cohen in an array of bizarre outfits, the velcro suit being my fave. Thankfully none of them approach the slightly scary Mankini from Borat, with the possible exception of the bondage gear.
As I mentioned above it’s a crazy whirlwind of sketches and jokes. The scenes and jokes take a rapid fire scatter shot approach, never sticking on one thing too much. There are a few of them that made me laugh out loud (strange looks on the train) and a few that made me hide the iPod screen (more strange looks from people on the train).
All that said, it is very funny, in a childish kind of way. Like Borat it is poking fun at the world in general and whilst a lot of it could be seen as offensive or racist it is actually surprisingly intelligent, and gently mocking. I certainly wasn’t offended by it but I’m quite thick-skinned with this sort of thing. I can’t decide if it’s something I would like to watch again but it did entertain me for the duration and is the sort of film you should watch – if only for the experience.