The Dictator

August 23, 2012

The Dictator

Admiral General Shabazz Aladeen (Sacha Baron Cohen) is is the fiercest dictator in all of North Africa, ruling the great Republic of Wadiya and risking his life to ensure that democracy never reaches the nation he so lovingly oppressed. However, he faces the ultimate culture clash when he decides to pay visit to the United States.

After being a journalist/tv reporter who falls for Pamela Anderson in Borat and an eccentric gay fashionosto in BrĂ¼no, now Sacha Baron Cohen is back as a Wadiyan Great Dictator who likes to execute people and have his nuclear weapon pointed. Directed by Larry Charles, The Dictator offers something far much different than Bruno and Borat; The Dictator actually has narration, other than being a mockumentary movies like Bruno and Borat. Do not compare this movie with Charlie Chaplin's "The Great Dictator" cause it certainly does't work that way.

Admiral General Aladeen : "Is there any way you could lend me some money? Maybe... 20 million dollars?"

The Dictator centered in the supreme leader Aladeen who's born and raised in a dictatorships way in the fiction country named Wadiya. Very much like his father, Aladeen then becomes the great dictator of north-African oil-rich Wadiya who 'supports' other dictators and terrorists like Osama and Kim Jong Il (so much offensive there). He likes to execute people who don't go along his way. He then being invited to come to America to talk about the nuclear weapon he's currently building. But then, problem comes as he's being kidnapped and 'shaved' so that no one will recognize him. He then works in a eco-friendly grocery store runs by an earth and green lover woman named Zoey (Anna Faris), to seek opportunities to get in to the hotel he stayed, get rid of his body double and his vicious uncle Tamir (Ben Kingsley) who wants to put a democracy in Wadiya and sells Wadiya's flirthy rich oils to China. The story is simple and by far predictable. But I can't argue on how funny it is; it's offensively funny. The slapstick humors towards political aspects, racism and many other things really represent Cohen's style (which we certainly most love).

Admiral General Aladeen : "I love it when women go to school. It's like seeing a monkey on roller skates -- it means nothing to them, but it's so adorable for us..."

How I love Sacha Baron Cohen! He's definitely the center laugh of this movie. I don't know whether it's his stupidity or his cockiness. He's definitely trying to be wicked and cruel, but his awkward, stiffy and odd demeanor, also his offensive and laughable words (and that made-up accent! like his tounge was biten by a giant bug or something) win me out. His inexperience about masturbating, his jokes on 9/11, his chopped-out-his-head statement move and his protest on Zoey's hairy armpit (which look disgustingly monkey.ish), epic! Even the talented Faris and Kingsley can't overshadow his charisma. I love him!

Admiral General Aladeen : "Ah, America, the birthplace of AIDS!"

Nothing is flawless, so does this movie. I think it's less edgy than Borat and Bruno. The unstable plot (sometimes it goes waaaayy to slow and then abracadabra, opportunity strikes and then it's done). The script goes weaker and weaker everytime. No suprises nor great (and usually disgustingly laughable) twist. And is it just me or not all the jokes are funny, but more like stupid and too pushy? Just sayin'.

Admiral General Aladeen : "Twenty dollars a day for wi-fi? And they call me an international criminal!"

Bottom line, this movie is a Rated R movie, so if you don't feel to laugh over offensive words nor disgusting demeanors, skip this movie. But, if you love SCB, do watch the movie.

Admiral General Aladeen : [to the pregnant Zoey] "Is this a boy or an abortion?"


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