Tuesday, December 8, 2009
After watching Watchmen, there's no way I could have imagined that I would return to the theater to see more penis this year. But I went to see Brüno.
Brüno (the movie) is Borat's (the movie) dumber, less interesting, and less funny younger brother. I didn't think that Borat was phenominal. It's a movie that I enjoy watching in parts. This makes sense, since the character started in short sketches by Sasha Baron Cohen. For me, Borat is a lot like Napoleon Dynamite. I like the character. I like seeing him in scenes. I don't want to sit and watch him for an hour and a half. Still, there are genuine laughs in Borat.
Borat was also ruined for me when someone chose to describe the funniest scene to someone else while I was there before I had seen the movie. Spoiled!
I will admit up front that Brüno has several laughs as well. His "interview" with Harrison Ford is pretty funny, as well as his seance to contact Rob of Milli Vanilli. I also got a kick out of Brüno calling the Middle East "Middle Earth." I don't know why I enjoyed that so much, since it's so simple. And it's always fun to watch conservative people get offended by things that aren't really very offensive.
But in the end, there wasn't enough funny to maintain a full movie. Like Borat, Bruno is a sketch comedy character. It's too bad that Brüno, in my mind at least, falls into the same category as It's Pat.