Movie Review: The Dictator Is a Fantastic Farce

With the title character in The Dictator's frequent appearances in a military uniform and a fur-ball beard, Sacha Baron Cohen sets us up for another piece of guerrilla clowning along the lines of Borat and Bruno. But this is a different kind of film, conventionally scripted with room for improvisation, like a Will Ferrell comedy. Many will be disappointed. I’m not. I love most of Baron Cohen’s ambush stunts, but he and director Larry Charles have the skills to make movies that don’t rely on them. (And Baron Cohen will have a tough time hoodwinking people now, given his level of fame.) The good news is that The Dictator is a loose and silly and occasionally exhilarating political farce in the tradition of Chaplin’s The Great Dictator (obviously) and the Marx Brothers’ antiwar masterpiece Duck Soup. And it comes in at a fleet 83 minutes — just right. Read More...


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