ANOTHER film that got an immense amount of buzz at Sundance! And pretty much everywhere else that it screened… Sorry to Bother You is written and directed by rapper Boots Riley and is one wild and eye-opening ride from start to finish. From the very beginning, it straps you in for a whirlwind roller coaster of comedy and unabashed political honesty. It’s original, ambitious, and unafraid to speak truth to power.
In the beginning, we meet a young man named Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield) who lives in an alternate reality of present-day Oakland. He is in search of a job that will earn him just enough to help pay the bills. We’ve all been there, right? He lands a gig in telemarketing at a company called Regal View selling encyclopedias. With little success in getting through to buyers, he’s encouraged by his coworker (Danny Glover) to use his “white voice”, which is when we first hear David Cross voiceover for Cassius. This prompts his sales to increase rapidly, soon leading him to climb the corporate ladder into the position of “power caller”. The film also stars Tessa Thompson as Cassius’ rebellious girlfriend, Detroit, Steve Yeun as a co-worker named Squeeze, and Armie Hammer as a corporate billionaire named Steve Lift.
Not only is this movie loaded with amazing acting, especially from Lakeith Stanfield, but it's filled with scenes that are equal parts out-of-this-world and incredibly relevant. The metaphors start small and increasingly build throughout the story. From showing the many issues within corporate America to slavery and dehumanization. It’s easy to get caught up in the eccentric visuals and punchy one-liners, but it delivers its message in style, taking the line “sorry to bother you” more seriously than you’d think and commanding attention from its audience.
This was easily one of the most original movies I've seen in theaters in a very long time. In a world over-saturated with superhero films, it’s nice to see politically charged stories such as this gain such traction and buzz. This was definitely one of my favorite viewing experiences so far this year!