SUN­DAY

THE DIC­TA­TOR

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - WEEK IN MOVIES -

10PM, TEN ★★★

The af­fronting an­tics of Sacha Baron Cohen’s comic cre­ation, Ad­mi­ral Gen­eral Aladeen of Wadiya, mostly make for good bad-taste com­edy. An equal-op­por­tu­nity op­pres­sor from the north of Africa – imag­ine an even-mad­der version of the late Libyan mad­man Muam­mar Gaddafi – Aladeen has been a ruth­less ruler since the age of seven. Now he’s in the US, try­ing to ex­plain away why he’s been stockpiling ura­nium for (cough!) “clean en­ergy pur­poses’’. Af­ter get­ting off to an er­ratic start, The Dic­ta­tor locks into a galling groove that of­ten shocks view­ers into laugh­ing against their bet­ter judg­ment. Cohen is in his best form since his block­buster smash com­edy Bo­rat, fir­ing off jolt­ing jokes at the ex­pense of any­one and ev­ery­one. His in­fa­mous abil­ity to get away with ma­te­rial other co­me­di­ans dare not touch re­mains as ap­pallingly au­da­cious as ever. Yes, you will be of­fended. But there’s no hope of not laugh­ing of­ten at a film ded­i­cated “in lov­ing mem­ory of Kim Jong-il”.

Out­ra­geous: Sacha Baron Cohen as Ad­mi­ral Gen­eral Aladeen of Wadiya in TheDic­ta­tor.

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