[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▽
I wish this movie had as many narrative jukes as stylistic ones--for all its weirdness, the plot and characters are kind of rote--but it's great to have an honest, modern film about what it's like to be broke
A sign of the times when surrealism has to try this hard to be freaky—even freakiness demands finesse, and its unapologetic zeitgeist stab is a gift and a curse. This is most valuable as an authentic expression of the Bay Area, where freedom is also a gift/curse, and where Silicon Valley fights post-60s radicalism in a plot that makes the ramblings of a stranger outside a BART station signify with righteous paranoia.
Sorry to Bother You is an incredible movie with some of the most biting satire and clear-cut social commentary in a mainstream American picture in years. I cannot write about the rest as it is too good to spoil and what results might be the best American film I've seen so far this year. A truly revolutionary work of comedy in every sense of the phrase.
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!