Bantucinema Reviews: Sorry to Bother You (2018) *Minor Spoilers*
REVIEWED BY: BUCK RIVERS
Cinema Score: 9/10
Enjoyment Score: 8/10
Bantu Score: Not your Everyday Nigga Shit
Sorry to Bother You is a fascinating film! It is filled to the brim with social commentary and is bursting with creativity. Unfortunately for SOME, the message is pretty difficult to see under the mound of symbolism.
DON’T READ THIS! GO WATCH THE MOVIE! ANY REVIEW GIVES TOO MUCH AWAY! IT’S WORTH IT!!
In terms of cinema, Sorry to Bother You is a well crafted film. It is well written, acted and produced. Each shot appears to be crafted meticulously by director Boots Riley. This is a film that is refreshing in today’s Hollywood. There is creativity in here that is rare and serves to trap the audience in this unique version of our modern world.
Beyond the basic premise of a man working for a low paying telemarketing company, there is a deeper tail that is all too familiar. I won’t spoil it here because it’s worth discovering for yourself. In essence this is a plot about American capitalism and liberal activism. There are issues with both sides of the coin here. I find that to be a welcome change in a time where messages are either not present, or are crammed down your throat with little to no subtlety. This film’s message is VERY hard to wrap your head around further than the basics. I enjoy this, but I do worry that this will make the viewing experience challenging for the average movie-goer.
In terms of enjoyment, Sorry to Bother You is a weird movie! It’s funny as hell throughout. The dry humor is right up my alley and the characters preform their parts well. Again, there are many parts of the film that get very confusing after a while. Certain things are just never explained and you’ll have to enjoy that sort of experience if you want to like this movie 100%.
In terms of Blackness, Sorry to Bother You delivers a deep social commentary that is all too familiar with today’s America. It definitely displays that Black community as one with diversity of thought and opinions. I don’t feel like it demonizes any of its main characters. People make decisions and we follow them on their journey. Many movies will draw broad lines about what kind of Black folks are right and what kind are wrong. I’m happy that this film doesn’t do that.
All in all, Sorry to Bother You is a fun time but is a weird and challenging one. Go into it knowing that this film won awards at Sundance. It’s not going to be your basic comedy. This is art.