Borat 2 branded 'agonising, repetitive and uninspired' as critics complain sequel has 'lost its shock factor'

BORAT 2 has been branded 'agonising, repetitive and uninspired' as critics complain the sequel has 'lost its shock factor'.

Borat, played by Sacha Baron Cohen, dips his toe in American politics in the sequel, with President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in his sights.

Rapper Kanye West, the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani, are also targets, as well as the general public.

Officially titled Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery Of Prodigious Bribe To American Regime For Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan, Boratattempts to build relations with the United States. And he has his daughter Tutar Sagdiyev for company.

However, critics have been left unimpressed by his latest antics, and many reviews have insisted it isn't a patch on the 2006 original.

The Telegraph's critic Robbie Collin wrote: "For the most part, it's despairingly threadbare stuff.

"A string of half-formed, recycled and disjointed pranks you suspect wouldn't have survived the quality-control process on the original, effortfully connected post hoc by largely uninspired scripted scenes.

"The central pillar of Borat's act – interviews with unsuspecting strangers – is hugely impeded by the lockdown conditions under which much of Subsequent Moviefilm was shot, which surely goes at least some way towards explaining the agonising lack of strong material."

The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw gave the film three stars and said: "The shock of the new is gone, and so the shock generally… but there are still some real laughs and pointed political moments."

Meanwhile Justin Chang of the LA Times gave a mixed review saying it was "fitfully funny and sometimes weirdly poignant".

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However some critics said there were still funny moments to be foundCredit: Courtesy of Amazon Studios

But he added: "With a few exceptions, Borat's satirical jabs don't land with quite the same cringe-making force this time; the setups are too convoluted, the anonymous targets too genial, the payoffs too meagre."

However, Variety's Peter Debruge enjoyed it, writing: "Frankly, nothing the comedic actor has done since Borat has had quite the same impact, so it's a relief that the Subsequent Moviefilm is no dashed-off affair, but a parody on par with the original.

"Borat has lost none of his bite, treading that same fine line between sophomoric humour and pointed political satire."

Can I watch Borat 2 for free?

If you haven't signed up to Amazon Prime before, you can watch Borat 2 for free by signing up for the 30-day free trial here and heading over to Prime Video.

Just make sure to cancel the subscription before 30 days is us to avoid being charged.

The new Borat movie is available now on Amazon Prime Video.

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