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The Brothers Grimsby – or Grimsby as its known in England – has been released in the UK and our Lead Film Critic Jordan Samuel brings us the official ComiConverse review
Sacha Baron Cohen’s career has been very hit and miss with films like Borat being his peak and Brüno just falling flat. But times have changed since his last big hit, as comedy has completely switched focus to shadow some of Cohen’s racial stereotypes which has fuelled his career.
Cohen is a hilarious comedian but his ultra-offensive character portrayals may leave audiences feeling confused, and in 2016 he has brought this to another level with The Brothers Grimsby.
Does it deliver?
Find out as ComiConverse goes into Cohen’s latest comedy film.
MI6’s top assassin (Mark Strong) has a brother. Unfortunately for him, he’s an English football supporter (Sacha Baron Cohen) from the town of Grimsby. Nobby has everything a man from the poor English fishing town of Grimsby could want – 9 children and the most attractive girlfriend in northern England (Rebel Wilson). There’s only one thing missing in his life: his little brother, Sebastian. After they were adopted by different families as children, Nobby spent 28 years searching for him. Upon hearing of his location, Nobby sets off to reunite with his brother, unaware that not only is his brother an MI6 agent, but he’s just uncovered a plot that puts the world in danger. On the run and wrongfully accused, Sebastian realizes that if he is going to save the world, he will need the help of its biggest idiot. – IMBD
Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Mark Strong, Isla Fisher, Penélope Cruz and Rebel Wilson.
Analysis of The Brothers Grimsby:
I haven’t been very excited for this movie, mainly because Cohen’s last flick, The Dictator, physically made me sick. Just walking into the theatre to get my ticket was an awful experience for me, but the movie this time around wasn’t all that bad.
Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk) directs The Brothers Grimsby, but he doesn’t really succeed in creating the perfect comedy. Instead, he settles for a quite enjoyable spy film. He also provides a ground breaking opening scene which will probably be lauded by many movie-goers – along with some solid action pieces.
Sacha Baron Cohen plays Norman “Nobby” Grimsby, the everyday British idiot that loves football and whose brother is a black-ops spy. Sacha delivers another over-the-top performance here as Nobby – his most interesting persona yet down to the fact his British roots are shown.
Sacha makes the character come to life, Nobby is a family man and local idiot which works really well with the dynamic between Mark Strong. I also can see parallels between Family Guy’s Peter Griffin.
Sacha Cohen deserves some recognition for Nobby because it’s his best character since Borat.
Mark Strong is Agent Sebastian Grimsby, a high ranking black ops Spy who provides are introduction to the secret service. Mark provides some hilarious scenes which will keep the audience laughing – he is cocky and mysterious which gives him some personality.
Strong really is the best element of The Brothers Grimsby, the connection between him and Cohen is outstanding – and director Louis Leterrier helps this come alive.
Rising star Rebel Wilson plays Nobby’s beautiful wife, and for the first time doesn’t feel underused her comedy sequences with the pair are quite funny. Her confident personality really works for this character – who has some awesome running jokes.
Grimsby is not the best comedy film, but the heart behind it allow for an enjoyable cinema experience. Leterrier brings some fun Spy action onto the big screens which will make movie-goers looking for just that happy.
Sacha Cohen’s time on screen isn’t over yet, thanks to this career reviving film – hopefully he will keep it up.
Jordan Samuel is a Film Critic for ComiConverse: Follow him on Twitter: @JordanESamuel
The Brothers Grimsby is a blast even-though It doesn’t hit Comedy gold – Cohen is back on the beat!