There is no denying that Sacha Baron Cohen is in a league of his own in the world of comedy. He has had massive success with his characters Ali G, Borat, Bruno and The Dictator. Now he is looking to bring something slightly different to the fans with his latest film The Brother’s Grimsby featuring a great supporting cast including Mark Strong, Rebel Wilson, Scott Adkins and director Louis Leterrier at the helm. Can he capture the same magic his previous creations brought to the screen or will this be one mission he cannot complete?
The Brother’s Grimsby follows English football supporter Nobby who has everything a man from the poor English fishing town of Grimsby could want – 9 children and the most attractive girlfriend in northern England. 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. This is far from Cohen best film and there are a lot of moments here that don’t work as well as they should, but when it works it is a riot. Anyone going into this film should already know exactly what they are in for with Cohen’s involvement. Despite this film being an action comedy, there are plenty of his signature vulgar comical bits that both delight and disgust in the best way possible. The story is simple and works despite being predictable. A lot of the film plays more like a series of gags instead of natural bits and that is where it hurts it at times.
When this film works it shines a different kind of light for a Cohen film. Outside the hilariously disgusting fun there is some heart and great action. Martial arts action star steps up as the go to villain here and gets to keep it played straight and even showcase some of his awesome martial arts abilities that should please his fans. Despite the silly story of these brothers there is a touching story between them buried underneath it all. The cast are all great when it works with the usually straight man Strong being solid in this comedic role while still being the badass he is. There are some moments that cannot even be described properly to do them justice, but let’s just say what you have seen in the trailers is G rated in comparison.
If you are a fan of Cohen’s brand of humor then give this film a shot and decide for yourself, but if you have hated his previous films then do not bother as you will likely hate this one as well. These would be fun characters to see in action again in the future, but only time will tell if the film is successful enough to warrant it. Either way Cohen has delivered yet another film that will either delight or disgust you in the best way possible.