Sacha Baron Cohen in his new movie, The Dictator.
Sacha Baron Cohen in his new movie, The Dictator. Contributed

'Dictator' sticks to a tight script

FANS and detractors alike will bring the same questions to the new Sacha Baron Cohen movie, The Dictator, in which he plays Admiral General Aladeen, the tyrannical, extravagantly bearded leader of the fictional Republic of Wadiya.

What fresh outrage have we now from this British comic guerrilla, who has managed to annoy the Anti-Defamation League, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and the government of Kazakhstan, to name just a few unamused parties?

Who is the joke on this time, and will they get it?

And what happens when the most aggressive and confrontational satirist in contemporary comedy has to make do without real-life foils and stooges?

The Dictator confirms Baron Cohen's knack for distilling exaggerated stereotypes, political triggers and cultural hot-buttons into a single, monumentally ridiculous figure.

 

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