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DVD Review - Bruno

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Sacha Baron Cohen is the man who brought us Ali G and Borat, characters who filled us with laughter and gave us many cringe worthy moments.  However, those two characters had become so well known that Cohen had to retire them leaving the one last character that he had used way back when he was doing his Ali G TV show. That character was Bruno and after the huge success of the Borat film, expectations were high for his very own feature film.

“Brüno is a gay Austrian fashion guru. He has his own fashion based television show, Funkyzeit, the most popular German-language show of its kind outside of Germany. After he disgraces himself in front of his Funkyzeit fan base, he is ruined in German speaking Europe. He decides that in his quest for worldwide fame, he will move to Los Angeles and reinvent himself. Accompanying him to the US is Lutz, his former assistant's assistant. Lutz is the only person left in his circle that still believes in Brüno's greatness. Brüno goes through one reinvention of himself after another, ultimately straying to areas far removed from his own self. Perhaps when Brüno finds an activity that he truly does love, he will also find that über-fame he so desperately desires.”

As far as awkward moments go with real life people, Bruno managed this in bucket loads but for some reason I tended to laugh more than cringe. Not because the moments weren’t cringe worthy but maybe after Borat I was a bit desensitised to Cohen’s style of creating awkward moments. So how did it stack up against Borat? Well, although it wasn’t as good as that ground breaking film, it was still bloody good. It had more of a story than Borat had and I think that was a good thing, but for me the character wasn’t as good as his brilliant Borat.

All up 8 out of 10.

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