[San Francisco's Alamo Drafthouse]*US of A*|Boots Riley in attendance served us a shot of stories surrounding its troubled & lengthy production]"Don't do the thing.| What thing?| The thing where you fuck it all up". I feel as sad and wrecked, surprised & mesmerized, as I did after Annihilation. Who said "Get Out' on acid" wasn't wrong". I'd go a step further (but also a step aside/to the side) - it's a bit more than▽
This is an extraordinary, original, hilarious, and at times a frightening film. Boots Riley delivers a magnificent picture that has a lot to say about the state of the world. It may be an alternate reality but it closely reflects that of our own.
All trumpetings re: timeliness are liable to fall short of adequately itemizing the ways in which SORRY TO BOTHER YOU is in fact timely. Might simply suffice to say it is a very brainy riff on the myriad crises inherent to our current neoliberal implosion and corresponding intimations of endtimes. And it's popular entertainment! I thought of Mel Brooks, but also Melvin Van Peebles, Robert Downey Sr., and REPO MAN.
This deserves to be what we used to call the "sleeper" hit of the Summer. Finally we have a brilliant film that delivers on the the promise of one-note satires such as WHITE MAN'S BURDEN and BAMBOOZLED and works on a variety of levels not seen since Charlie Kaufman and is the perfect tonic for these awful times! Sadly, the young people in the audience were scratching their heads yelling "WTF" upon exiting!
Black comedies, more than most genres, are a product of their time, & that this was still sold out on week 2 makes a film so unapologetically critical of the current/evolving status quo a big win already, just re reach/timing... Tradeoff: Lots of ways the film falls short & fails to adequately interrogate its own complicity (doesn't make Bechdel's grade; tropes rather than protagonists, etc) Still, very welcome! 3.75