Sacha Baron Cohen first came to the attention of the world media with his brilliant character known as Borat, a Kazakhstani reporter who went to America to make a documentary about American life. Mixing real interviews that mock the prejudices of those he is interviewing with a tagged on plot to move the film along, Borat was a massively surprising success. Now with Bruno, Cohen's last character to not have his own feature film was set to become an equally successful piece but due to the success of Borat, I found it hard to believe how Cohen could go out there and make a movie as another character without being recognised. Luckily he didn't have any problems and actually produced a movie that I found to be equally funny, if not better than Borat.
Gay Austrian TV presenter Bruno is fired from his job for an incident which disrupts Milan fashion week. As a result his lover leaves him for another man and Bruno now decides to move to America with his assistant's assistant, Lutz in an attempt to become the biggest Austrian celebrity since Hitler. During his time in America he looks into a number of unsuccessful ways of becoming famous which are to become an extra on the TV show Medium, creating his own TV show which the focus group do not like and trying to make a sex tape with politician Ron Paul who Bruno mistakes as drag queen Ru Paul. After these unsuccessful attempts at becoming famous, Bruno decides to follow in the footsteps of Branjelina and Madonna and swap his iPod for an African baby.
The Bruno character is as camp as camp can be and the way in which Cohen maintains this character even in seemingly dangerous situations is admirable. Insulting a terrorist and mocking an arena full of testosterone fuelled cage fighting fans are both brave moves as Cohen made the conscious decision to up-the-ante with this character. The tagged on story to drive the film along is quite an amusing one in its own respect and the assistant's assistant, Lutz character played by Gustaf Hammarsten who becomes Bruno's love interest generates some incredibly humorous moments.
Cohen seeks out the best of the best people with prejudices which allow him to create moments that are spectacular in the eyes of the beholder. Having Paula Abdul sit on Mexican men acting as furniture, while discussing human rights, is a superb moment that had me in stitches. Running through an anti-gay protest group whilst dressed in bondage attire attached to his friend Lutz is another stunning example of the intelligent mockery that has been consistent throughout the years of Cohen's characters. By far the best moment of the film is the scene set during a cage fight show which ends with Lutz and Bruno kissing in the middle of the cage with a few hundred ravenous fans looking to hurt them. It's the prime example of the danger Cohen put himself in to make this film a bigger success than its predecessor, Borat .
Although I loved this film for its bravery I felt that Cohen only took these risks because he felt the Bruno character wasn't strong enough to go along the same lines of Borat. It is worthy of the success it has received and it it's a great way to end the Cohen trio of films and although it's doubtful it would happen, I'd love to see a sequel to this or Borat.
The title alone should let you know that Sacha Baron Cohen leaves no button unpushed. Bruno is about an Austrian host of a fashion TV show that ends up getting blacklisted after he's booed out of Milan Fashion Week. He moves to Los Angeles to become "the biggest Austrian superstar since Hitler." No one is safe in his quest to become a superstar- Paula Abdul, Ron Paul, stage moms, Alabama, Arkansas, "gay reformers", MMA, models, the cast of the TV show … more
Pros: Funny, shocking, tells us a lot about ourselves Cons: Meant to shock more than make us laugh The Bottom Line: If Borat fought Bruno, who do you think would win? Remember how, after Sacha Baron Cohen made Borat, people everywhere said there's no way he would ever get away with making a sequel or a similar movie like that again? Well, here we have Bruno confirming that Sacha Baron Cohen has managed to get away with it again. &nbs … more
Pros: Great Laughs and outrageous humor Cons: Some may find it to offensive The Bottom Line: If you do not mind outrageous humor, this is a great mix of comedy and social satire. Life is good for Austrian fashonista Bruno (Sacha Baron Cohen). As the star of the top Austrian fashion show, he is a fixture at all of the social events and is the flamboyant highpoint of any event he graces. That is until things … more
Bruno is the third character from the Ali G Show to star in a feature film. Bruno is an Austrian model.fashion critic who travels to America to become a star after being blackballed from the European fashion industry (he wore an all velcro outfit that proved disastrous at a fashion show). Along with his assistant, Bruno tries to break into Hollywood by becoming an actor and later on trying to host his own reality show. Failure after failure nearly breaks Bruno until he decides … more
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Brüno (pronounced as Bruno) is a 2009 mockumentary comedy film directed by Larry Charles. Sacha Baron Cohen, who also produced and co-wrote the movie, stars as the flamboyant gay Austrian fashion journalist Brüno. The film is the third based on characters from Da Ali G Show, following Ali G Indahouse and Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. A cut version of the film was also released, Bruno: Snipped, running two and a half minutes shorter to meet the demands of 15-17-year-old teenage viewers.