14A) The Dictator
Running Time: 83 Minutes.
3 stars out of 4.
The Dictator only came out on Wednesday and we already know General Aladeen. How? Who can forget when he poured dust on Ryan Seacrest at the 84th Academy Awards Red Carpet! Now, Sacha Baron Cohen the man who is known as Bruno, Ali G, and BORAT is back, with his latest character in The Dictator as Admiral General Aladeen.
Baran Cohen does a great job as write, producer, and star as General Aladeen in (synopsis courtesy of IMDB) The heroic story of a dictator who risks his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed. He joins a somewhat stellar cast with performances by Ben Kingsley, Anna Farris, Chris Parnell, and Megan Fox.
The performances are great, but unlike Bruno and Borat, this film is scripted, and that is where the movies problems come from. The dialogue is funny, but the plot and narrative are so mediocre that the film becomes a chore, and it feels you know what gag will happen next. Baron Cohen is trying his best to make this work, but I did not buy his character Aladeen, and like Dark Shadows, The Dictator never finds a good place for the character to be emotionally. The editing is poor, and scene after scene makes the film looks and feels very choppy. The press for this film is staggering as Baron Cohen (in character) as been everywhere from The Daily Show to SNL to The Oscars and although the film is funny, it is not good overall. The hype oversells it, mostly because you know what will happen...because you have seen it in the trailers.