Thursday, July 19

koko' on Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

For those of you who don't know about Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan...
Good for you...
I had high expectations for this film because I greatly enjoyed Sasha Baron Cohen's Ali G film, Ali G Indahouse. I was really excited about the Borat film & went to watch it as soon as it came out paying full price for the movie.

However, after sitting through this film, I deeply regreted & felt like I wasted my time & money. I did find it funny but it's just that somehow I did not enjoy it that much.
My favourite joke is the joke about his retarded brother. The picture below is a snapshot of the joke.
hehe... it caught me off guard... I laughed my head off..

If you enjoy low-level homour or the most basic kind of jokes in society (for example, sexual jokes & jokes from just being plain dumb or daring), this film is for you.
On the other hand, if you enjoy a view of America at it's most extreme, this is also the film for you.
Borat pushes the Americans to the edge with his apparent zero knowledge of the American culture & in doing so brings out the best/worst in them.
Some of them responded very well but not all do.
Some of the people who responded well were the driving instructor & the christians at the meeting.
Those did not respond so well to Borat includes the panel of feminists & the rodeo show spectators.

I thought the christians at the Pentecostal camp meeting responded very well to a dirty homeless-looking foreigner speaking with a strange accent. In a country paranoid of terrorist attacks, they supported him even though his outward image resembled a muslim (as commented by the manager of the rodeo show). They looked for his heart and found that he was a human being who was hurt & needed love to heal. They held his hands, prayed with him & blessed him.

I'm also glad that during worship, the christians were shown to have the freedom to jump, dance, sing & ran around the place to their hearts content. Not many places let you persue your heart's good desires. Most require some form of control & protocol even in good things like praising God. However, as a human being, if you want to praise a God that has done so many good things for you, you don't stay silent... You wana jump around, dance & shout, "THANK YOU, GOD!! THANK YOU, GOD!!"

Furthermore, I'm sure he did not walk down to the front or join hands in prayer without consenting. He didn't look like he was forced into it... He just looked confused... Just like many of us will be when we first encounter such actions that appear strange & stupid...
but once we realise its beauty of meaning & its purpose for liberating...
it will be the best thing we have ever decided to do in our very short lives.

To finish this post, I found this video on youtube that concludes the film very well. Enjoy!
JenKui

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