Sacha Baron Cohen returns once again with British-set comedy Grimsby, in which two estranged brothers who have gone down very different paths in life reunite for the first time in 28 years.
Choen plays dimwitted football fan Nobby who lives in Grimsby with his girlfriend (Rebel Wilson) and their abundance of kids. Separated from his younger brother as a child Nobby is on a quest to reunite and sets about trying to find his brother Sebastian and bring him home to Grimsby. Sebastian however is living a very different lifestyle and Nobby’s reappearance may not be for the better.
In true Sacha Baron Cohen style Grimsby is an offensive and gross mess of laugh out loud comedy and exaggerated characters. It isn’t a Sacha Baron Cohen film if it hasn’t deeply offended at least someone, and Grimsby appears to have had some very negative reviews so far but anyone that likes his films knows that it wouldn’t be the same if it wasn’t upsetting someone.
Flawed in many ways but genius in others, Grimsby is typical of Cohen’s humour. You either love it or you hate it, there is no inbetween. With its relatable characters (we’ve all seen a Nobby down the local pub at some point in our lives) and ridiculous situations Grimsby is probably Cohen’s best film yet. Mark Strong is surprisingly funny in his role as Nobby’s long lost brother and the pair work very well together.
Grimsby contains some of the most out-there moments yet seen in any of Cohen’s films that’ll have you wondering how on Earth anyone even thought them up. Grimsby sees Nobby having to suck poison out of his brother’s testicle as well as the two of them hiding in an elephant’s vagina (yes, it is as weird, and disgusting, as it sounds) and various other ridiculous and hilarious scenarios. It’s refreshing to know that there are still people out there prepared to overstep the line even in a world where political correctness has gone completely crazy (am I allowed to use that word?)
Grimsby, like any of Cohen’s films, doesn’t really need reviewing. It’s hilarious, it’s fun, it’s outrageous and offensive; it’s everything I could’ve hoped for and more and as with all of his films you get exactly what you’d expect. If you don’t like him or his work, please don’t bother going to see Grimsby because it’s Cohen at his best. A win for fans of his work and not even worth seeing for people that love to hate him; it really just speaks for itself.