Monday, 7 September 2009

Brüno (2009)

At a glance:
In Brüno, gay Austrian fashionista Mr. Gehard does what he did as far back as 1998 - provokin unsuspectin people with his cinematically outrageous GAP sentiments (that's gay and proud, as a fashion-conscious Yorkshireman once shared with me). He learns dildo-to-dildo combat and irks Christian pastors. He tries to go straight by engagin in a romp with pornstar Michelle McLaren (pic). He talks about human rights issues with Paula Abdul while sittin on Mexican labourers actin as stools. He chases after Harrison Ford and gets told to fuck off, an obviously unstaged footage that accurately portrays how half the world must view this horrifically absurd character.
Bad news on the doorstep:
There is such a thing as too much and Brüno just underlines the irreversible fact that his celebrated characters, at one time so devastatingly funny, have ran their course. They're simply too recognisable now and the gags have become too tedious a chore to sit through a full feature for, never mind the activist protests and public uproar.
Perennial wonderment:
Sacha Baron Cohen's incendiary interview tactics are undoubtedly ingenious, being able to bring out the ingenuous best out of the real-life celebrity and public figures whom he pursues. The use of presumably faux-German words like spooncktum is also clever if not nauseatingly near to the mind. Mockin celeb trends like baby adoption plus political correctness in language are also done well by Brüno, who insists that "African-Americans" is the right term to call anyone from the African continent because anythin other than that refrain is racist, while at the same time bringing a black baby on a talk show and spectacularly exaggeratin his love for a child who is obviously not his. However, somewhere after the first third of the movie, it becomes obvious that Borat and Ali G are both much more likeable characters than this annoyin blonde buffoon whose watchability nosedives sharply into the risque and repetitive. Brüno is simply not sincere enough for us to care about.
Watch out for:
A Cambridge scholar doin a 2-minute oral sex simulation scene with an imaginary dead person. You'll find it a godsend that the man has decided to retire all his characters like Borat, Ali G and now Brüno.
Most memorable line:
Brüno after eatin a lot of pies: "I'm committing carbicide."
Amacam joker, berapa bintang lu mau kasi?
Tastelessness is personified by Brüno to good, one-time box office results. May it never be repeated for as long as anal bleachin is not a lunchtime topic with colleagues at work.