Monday, May 28, 2012
THE DICTATOR by Pamela Powell
I never made it all the way through Borat (I think I fell asleep) and I'm guessing I also fell asleep during Bruno as I really don't have ANY recollection of it! I did, however, think Sacha Baron Cohen was a stitch in Telladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. I didn't hold out much hope though, for Cohen's newest spoof THE DICTATOR. I must say, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Let me stop you right here. That is not a nod of approval...a YES! go see it recommendation. It is just what I said. It wasn't as bad as I had anticipated.
THE DICTATOR was juvenile and sophomoric at best. It was also completely predictable. It offended many different ethnicities and political cultures. That being said, I have to admit that I laughed....at times. I guess I'll have to also admit that my humor can stoop to the sophomoric and base level of this movie. Is that a bad thing? I like to think that that maybe makes me a little more well-rounded regarding my sense of humor. In any case, I can confidently say that THE DICTATOR fits right in with what I now call THE MOVIE MEDIOCRITY MONTH OF MAY. I'm really not even going to comment on the acting, the writing, or the cinematography because it really isn't necessary. OK, maybe I'll comment on the writing. It was not insightful nor was it meant to be. It was meant to be one thing...funny. This movie was meant to make fun of everyone and I don't think they left anyone out. It did the job of entertaining you in a very mediocre way. My last comment is that I really think the male population will think it is much funnier than the female population.
I would recommend waiting for the DVD, but if you go, and you go with your date or your spouse, be warned that your wife/girlfriend may not find it as funny as you!