Well I guess that as this movie has Sacha Baron Cohen playing Bruno you should be prepared for a bizarre, explicit, full frontal movie!
It gives you all of this and more. Whilst the Bruno character is fictional, there are parts of the movie that are docu-movie, which reminded me of Michael Moore’s movie Bowling for Columbine and his TV documentary on the US gun laws.
The story begins with Bruno’s flamboyant antics as a gay Austrian fashionista trying to make it into the higher realms of the fashion industry really make you laugh. From there things go from the bizarre to the ridiculous to the outrageous to the oh my god he’s not going to do that!!! There’s gringe factor and relief that he doesn’t always continue to go too far.
The interesting aspect of the movie is the scenes where those participating really have been sucked in, they are genuinely who they are, they are not actors and they haven’t realised that Bruno is – but then they do. It’s the glimpses that you get of these people and what part of their world that Bruno has managed to get a snapshot of that counter balances the outrageous with the “normality” of these peoples everyday lives.
Fans of Sacha Baron Cohen will be thrilled that this movie will make him even more “uber famous” and for others some of the content will definitely take them out of their comfort zone.
Reviewed by: Linda McGlynns
Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Alice Evans, Trishelle Cannatella, Sandra Seeling, Ben Youcef, Bono, Chris Martin, Elton John, Slash, Snoop Dogg, Sting, Paula Abdul, Harrison Ford
Directed by: Larry Charles
Duration: 1hr 23mins
Rating: [R16] contains offensive language, sexual references and other content that may offend.