When it comes to Sacha Baron Cohen, it’s hard not to love him, if not only for his bullishness. On the other hand, his bullishness can be the thing that makes it hard to watch his movies and TV shows, as there’s nothing like awkwardness on screen to make you awkward in your seat. But as of late, and I guess he knew it was going to happen, he’s had to take a step back from his doco style films and TV, such as Bruno, Borat, and The Ali G Show as he’s too recognisable, even in character.
These days he’s either doing straight up character work in films like Hugo and Les Miserables, or in his own made-to-order films, The Dictator and this film Grimsby, he’s still playing characters you’ve come to expect from him, but without the real life situational comedy. It’s hard to keep up such things when you’ve become too famous for people not to see through your disguise. At least these new films he’s doing don’t make you feel so awkward that you struggle to sit through them.
Grimsby was exactly what you’d expect from a SBC film, except it was directed by a top action director, who’s credits are the first two Transporter films, a Jet Li film, The Incredible Hulk, Clash of the Titans, and the pretty cool magic action film Now You See Me. So with an action man behind the camera means even though this was a comedy it was always going to be action packed. There were some pretty damn funny scenes as well as some middle of the road ones, but all up I really liked this film and it’s well worth checking out if you’re looking for a good laugh.
8.5 out of 10 from me!!!