The British showman of two recitals of his peculiar and histrinic style in the sequel to Borat and in The Trial of the 7 in Chicago
It may or may not be a coincidence, but the fact is that the last two films starring the British Sacha Baron Cohen have been released on digital platforms, practically at the same time, Borat, movie film sequel on Amazon Prime Video and The Chicago Seven Trial on Netflix. In both, the showman makes clear his innate talents as a histrin and invites to ask the million dollar question: Is Baron Cohen an actor or a buffoon? The answer is more than obvious, both.
In the first of the two films, he takes up the character that made him world famous in 2006, that reporter from Kazakhstan who filmed an educational documentary about the United States and ended up bringing to light the miseries of the North American colossus … at the same time fashionable the phosphor green triquini. The sequel begins with Borat in prison after having fallen out of favor with his government and who is presented with the opportunity to redeem himself by returning to the United States to deliver a present, specifically a monkey, to Donald Trump. Since Trump is pissed off with him after he defecated in the garden of the Trump International Hotel and Tower in the first installment, he decides that the recipient of the gift will be his vice president, Mike Pence. In his mission, he will have the invaluable help of his daughter, Tutar.
When he arrives in America, Borat realizes that everything is going to be more complicated than the first time, because people recognize him on the street and even take selfies with him. This allows Baron Cohen, as if it were a Kazakh Mortadelo, to disguise himself in a thousand and one ways throughout the footage and commit all kinds of tricks and mischief, giving a new dimension to the expression of the absence of a sense of ridicule. Meanwhile, it takes reactionary politicians, corrupt and sexual harassers, anti-abortionists, ultrareligious fanatics and intolerant ladies of great lineage and rancid lineage, to end up offering its own explanation about the origin of the coronavirus pandemic.
As the format of the film is that of mockumentary, Baron Cohen has the pleasure of acting not acting, of playing a character that is more than a character a transcript of himself, and above all of releasing his lowest instincts in some eschatological moments that, the truth, are quite dispensable. In other words, he plays the jester at will and, like a good jester, he makes the public laugh and become aware of certain realities that, when told in a less satirical way, would be difficult not only to digest but, directly, to accept.
The Chicago 7 trial, written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, creator of The West Wing of the White House, is much more serious but equally demanding and committed. In addition to one of the best films that have been released in 2020. Baron Cohen plays one of the seven accused of the title, a hippy against the Vietnam War who was tried for the riots that occurred during the Democratic convention of 1968 in Chicago and faced a trial that turned out to be a pantomime orchestrated by the Richard Nixon government.
Here the English demonstrates his Camelenic aptitudes and his varied registers, because he is able to go from drama to farce in a matter of seconds, a little in line with what he did in The Miserables, considered his best performance to date. In fact, at almost 50 years old, he is capable of putting himself into the skin of a character in his twenties and that we believe it without question. Once again, the actor and the jester go inexorably hand in hand. Because, although some use the term somewhat derogatory, a great jester must necessarily be a great actor. And Sacha Baron Cohen is both.
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