One of the most anticipated movies of the year has finally been released. Just from the trailer, to the buzz from critics and audiences, and of course the plot has everyone intrigued with what is so special about Sorry to Bother You. Let’s not forget that it stars one of the best up and coming actors in the game right now and that’s Lakeith Stanfield. Stanfield has been blowing up with is performances in last year’s Get Out and while not critically acclaimed movie, his performance in Netflix’s Death Note was great. How did his performance and this latest film from Director Boots Riley turn out to be?
Synopsis according to IMDB.com, In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him into a macabre universe. If you have seen the trailer, you know what that successful key is and its hilarious. The idea behind it all speaks louder than the voice being heard over the phone with each call Cassius makes. Joined by a brilliant cast, seen and not-seen, Tessa Thompson stars as Detroit, artist/activist girlfriend to Cassius. She has been on fire with her amazing performance in Thor: Ragnorok and Annihilation. Also, Stephen Yeun as a fellow telemarketer who has his own agenda within the company that puts him in a lot of scenes. Danny Glover, Langston, who is a veteran in the game, sort of the older brother and adviser to our lead character, and funny man Jermaine Fowler, who I believe steals the show with every scene he is in. Most of my laughs came from him. Fowler plays Salvador, Cassius best friend.
I did enjoy this movie. This is a very rare and unique film. The more I think about it the more I believe that it was written very well. It was entertaining but people who have asked me since watching it, the first reaction I tell them is, “It’s good but it is weird.” Now this is a good weird people, I wasn’t walking out confused, anxious, or disappointed. The movie though took these visual and sometimes meta scenarios too far and while you think you have the tone down for what kind of movie you are watching, a wrench is thrown in there and you start to ask yourself, what is real and reality and what is movie magic. There are a lot of metaphoric storytelling happening in the film but It is all for a good cause. The films biggest strength in my opinion is the message it brings to the audience. I was very proud of the way that in addition to telling you what the write and director is trying to say, it accomplished that with a bit of ease and fun.
Whether you end up enjoying this movie or not, this will have you talking after the film. For those who are interested in what the movie was trying to say and deciphering why certain things happened in the film, I think audiences will have a lot of fun talking about it afterwards. One thing I can guarantee is that you will enjoy watching these actors at play here. They all did a great job in playing the parts they were given and I hope to see more of them.
This is a film that I will actually go ahead and recommend. To what audience, I am not sure. Something happened in the theatre that really made me question, who is the target audience of this film. Cleary with the cast being predominately African-American, you would believe that they will be the ones to see this film. Also, the millennials will show up. The modern storytelling of such an important and somewhat controversy subject matter makes it more hip and cool to check it and speak more to a younger audience without feeling too uncomfortable. Anyone who had to endure customer service, telemarketing, not getting paid for the work you do. Anyone in a non-union job would definitely relate to this film. So back to what happened. Danny Glover is a well-known actor in my opinion but hasn’t been in much since his peak career in the 80’s early 90’s. For me, he is best known for his role as Riggs in the Lethal Weapon franchise. Most people when you ask who he is, you refer him to that movie and for his infamous catch phrase of “I’m too old for this shit”. There was a scene in the film where he actually said it and I kid you not, I was the ONLY human being who laughed at that statement. I even turned to my friend sitting next to me and there was no reaction. Just a stone cold facial expression continuing to watch the movie. It made me sad. For two reason, No.1 I’m getting old, No.2 why doesn’t anyone know who he is, a very known black actor in the business but come to a movie with most of the cast as African-American and didn’t find it kind of funny that he incorporated his catch phrase in the film. So again, the target audience is a bit of a mystery. Aside from my rant, I do hope everyone checks it out. This movie isn’t something I would personally see again but I am glad I saw it and I hope it gets everyone talking.
3 ½ out of 5
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