sorry to bother you
director: boots riley (debut)
Starring: lakeith stanfield, tessa thompson, steven yeun, and omari hardwick
REVIEWER: lyall carter
In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him into a universe of greed.
Let me set the scene before we go any further. Sorry to Bother You is a bit crazy. But its also kinda crazy good.
In an alternate reality of present-day Oakland, Calif., telemarketer Cassius Green finds himself in a macabre universe after he discovers a magical key that leads to material glory. As Green's career begins to take off, his friends and co-workers organise a protest against corporate oppression. Cassius soon falls under the spell of Steve Lift, a cocaine-snorting CEO who offers him a salary beyond his wildest dreams.
Sorry to Bother You as a narrative really does hook you in from the beginning and holds your attention throughout with its weird mix of a world that we all know and the terrifying possibility of what could lie ahead.
As such its an exploration of current oppression social constructs that oppress people of colour and the working class or as Bernie would say the silent 90 percent of the population.
Where Sorry to Bother You really hits its strides is in the implicit expose of these social constructs. Its both compelling and alarming in equal measure. The narrative seems to stutter when it gets caught up in the romantic relationship between Cassius and Detroit as even though its needed in the film it kinda clogs it up a bit.
I hadn't seen Lakeith Stanfield in anything before and he draws you in from the get go through his kinda drop kick loserish persona. But through the nuance of Stanfield's perfomance you see Cassius go from no hoper to freedom fighter.
Tessa Thompson - man. She is so much more than Thor's sidekick. Girl can act! Thompson manages to capture in her performance the bravado and the sometime directionless feel of an entire generation of millennials.
If you don't let the more crazy moments bother you, then you're in for a treat.