How to Talk About Bruno Without Using the Verb Sashay
July 12, 2009 2 Comments
The summer movie gorging continues. Yesterday, I saw Bruno. I saw so much of Bruno that his urethral opening talked to me and said his name. Yes, I have seen Bruno. Quick list of reactions below:
- The first five minutes, especially when the title music started playing, were enchanting. I settled in for some fizzy raucous incisive entertainment.
- Then I spent the majority of the movie not laughing. The jokes were funny, but also often of the one note variety, like the SNL sketches that play out for three minutes past their prime. I often found the idea of the scenes funnier than the scenes themselves.
- I think my favorite moments of the Baron Cohen characters are when we see a glimmer of the creator himself, marveling at the predicament he has gotten his character and himself into. Here, he gets whipped by a naked woman who has an extreme, well, everything. Yes, he is an actor who has created the situation, and yes, he is Bruno, but there are these little microseconds where we can see Baron Cohen exposed in his own reactions. The same happens when he has created a situation of absolute entropy or ridiculousness and maintains total control–part of the entertainment is watching him expertly not flinch or reveal the joke, a pleasure similar to watching James Bond.
- I have never seen more penis in a movie.
- Like Borat, the movie captures very ugly snapshots of the American character. It is amazing because of this. It is uncomfortable and not funny because of this. It is also important because of this, even if everything has been skewed and is truth without actual truth.
- It is fun to make fun of people and what they will do for fame, and this is an especially apt critique of modern culture. But, the joke feels easy (though he does makes some very uneasy jokes for a grand effect), and I wonder what Baron Cohen has done himself for fame. I hope he is a virtuous commentator akin to Jon Stewart, and have no proof otherwise…
- The trailers–more proof that we are now middle aged: The movie Couples Retreat. We are the demographic for that thing (it stars Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Kristen Bell, Jason Bateman), and it distinctly reminds me of movies my mom went to go see in the 80s. I know we are not exact age, but we are now part of that group, or at least part of the marketing attempt. It is weird. I am disoriented by this.
I should have more thoughts at the moment, but it is tomorrow and I have to get up in what is now today’s morning.
Hope you are crafting mosaics with portraits of Roman gods, or botanical herbs,