Yesterday we watched The Dictator, and I was not disappointed, the general film is the usual Cohenasque satirical silliness, but it is the essence of the story that was interesting. For example;
- Cohen’s Main Character:
The Dictator embodied the contemporary Arab Spring targeted-ruling tyrants, with a symbolic focus on Libyan Gaddaffi as presented via Cohen’s women’s entourage of bodyguards (doubling as sex-play-bunnies for his sexual satisfaction, or pervasion, which also plays a reference on Berlusconi shanenigans of bedding-celebrities, as well as the case of Chinese Bo Xilai’s wife/husband sexual intrigues etc), also the former Libyan is represented at the very beginning as Cohen is born in this very hedonistic spoiled world of eroticism and power (the theme to global leadership essence), in reference to Gaddaffi’s children (with Lion cages etc.
The second symbolism is Cohen as Iranian leaders (even though he makes a third-person reference of Ahmedijani), and their desire for Nuclear weapons (”for peace”, and can’t bring himself to even ”lie” as ”for peace” intentions).
Finally his military entourage and himself relations depicts Egypt-Tunisia political elites/rulers and military elites relations, and the power of self-greedy generals who will sell the country and ‘depopulate’ wealthy regions for external corporations to reach the key resources’ (B en Kingsley’s character, the general, selling the country to the highest bidder ‘under guise of democracy’, to Oilmen of Shell, BP, Exxon etc).
There is also Assad/Abdullah of Jordan martial aspects, as married to western women, Cohen married to a American-Jew girl (and wanted her killed for learning this, haha).
2. The Truth of contemporary politics, society and economics well depicted throughout the film, but it is the final speech in front of the ‘honorable witnesses to democratic transitions’ of Wadiya, his fictional state, when he says ‘dictatorship is good’ (the speech might be titled as such)….because
(a) it benefits the country’s ”1%”
(b) benefits big corporations and banking sector, through ”bail-outs” while the rest of the society suffer educationally, economically and health-wise (in reference to TARP, Fannie Macs, AIG and others bail-outs as well as health-care drama, suffering American education system, and the occupy movements”.
(c) the direct attack on the media-collision with government and the governing elites, in reference to News International of Rupert Murdoch Scandal. This point has seen the entire weight of western top media establishments attacking and undermining the film (giving it low rates etc); for example see this conservative supporting (pro-….) American newspaper, The Washington Times Article; Clapter in the dark: how Sacha Baron Cohen jumped the shark
(d) the state policing, with occupy reference again, as well as asking a passing-by police car, how much for ‘political assassination’ (in reference to police brutality and corruption).
(e) others include why the big firms win over the smaller ones, Green Giants vs. the small greenstores, for example (in reference to Wal-Mart bribery scandal etc), and much further reference.
(f) oh, forgot to mention domestic surveillance, representatives corruption, UN-Western tool, torture from private security contractors etc….
All made apparently to ”teach’ Americans dicatorial perks, rather than ‘knowing’ American have advanced the concept of dictatorialism today, in practice.
I would highly recommend the film, you will be entertained and educated through entertainment.
Enjoy, a fantastic film, the next in similar standards and historical accuracy depicted as comedic is The Other Guys with Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg taking on post-Madoff-TARP crisis (watch the facts at the very end: the pay-gap between average workers and executives of almost 300:1….mmmm!
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