“Now life has killed the dream I dreamed.”
Tom Hooper was no stranger to the world of directing when his last film The King’s Speech exploded onto screens at the tail end of 2010, reaping the lion’s share of awards including an Oscar for Best Director. Like so many directors that go from relative obscurity to unanimous acclaim, his next film was going to be bigger and showier in an attempt to show that his excellent work on The King’s Speech was no fluke.
For his follow-up, he chose the biggest and showiest project imaginable: the epic of all epic musicals, Les Miserables.
Did the gamble pay off? Read on to find out…
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“Tell me, are you having a boy or are you having an abortion?”
Sacha Baron Cohen has carved out a niche for himself in his marriage of social taboos with uncomfortable comedy. It worked like gangbusters on his brilliant television show Da Ali G Show, and has worked to varying degrees in his four feature films, Ali G Indahouse, Borat, Bruno and now, The Dictator. Where his first feature failed by taking one of the characters from his show and putting him in a fictional narrative, he stuck to what he does best with his next two features, putting real people in uncomfortable situations, having to talk to someone they normally wouldn’t associate with.
When it was first announced, The Dictator was said to be an adaptation of Saddam Hussein’s novel Zabibah and the King, but Baron Cohen and frequent collaborator/director Larry Charles have jettisoned most of that material and gone for something a little more comfortable.
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“The Dictator” (2012) Trailer #2
Alright, I have to admit that this movie does have a bit more going for it than Sacha Baron Cohen as a ridiculous character playing on a stereotype. Seeing as this isn’t a mockumentary, there does have to be a legitimate story behind the film.
This trailer reveals that this is yet another fish out of water story. Basic story, yes, but hey, this is a comedy. What will really make or break this movie are the gags and jokes it has in it, and I have to say I laughed my ass off with the final gag in this trailer.
The Dictator lands in America on May 11th.
“The Dictator” (2012) Trailer #1
Never one to shy away from controversial to offensive subject matter, Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat, Bruno) returns to the big screen with yet another over-the-top caricature. This time around, his film centers around a “heroic” dictator and his tale of triumph of keeping the evil democracies from invading his oppressive dictatorship.
Although the project is more of a fictional film than a mockumentary, the change up in formula works and the various gags shown thus far in this trailer are hilarious.
Also cast in this film are John C. Reilly, Sir Ben Kingsley, Megan Fox and Anna Faris.
The film hits theatres May 11th, 2012.