Tuesday, May 15, 2012
By Abbey Khan
When Aladeen (Sacha Baron Cohen), the dictator of Wadiya arrives in New York to speak at the United Nations, he is robbed of his identity and trademark beard. With no one to vouch for him, his mindless double takes over and is used to sign a document that will declare Wadiya a democracy. Aladeen, who has taken a job at a co-op, has to find a way to regain his power and make sure his country stays oppressed.
This has been one of my must-see films for 2012. And I’m glad I saw it! Sacha Baron Cohen does not disappoint. He brings humor while tactfully addressing gender, race, religous and political issues. But his true agenda is clear, and that is to make the audience laugh, which I did– non-stop. I can’t wait for the DVD to be released so I can see which scenes did not make the final cut.
The Dictator also stars Anna Faris and Ben Kinglsey. The Paramount Pictures film opens at midnight on May 16, 2012.