OUT THIS WEEK... SORRY TO BOTHER YOU (15)
Chicago-born rapper Boots Riley makes his feature film directorial debut with an audacious, wildly inventive and frequently uproarious satire about workplace culture, black exploitation and rampant capitalism. It’s fair to say that Sorry To Bother You won’t be everyone’s tipple and there are madcap moments in Riley’s script when the wheels threaten to come off this runaway train of thoughts. However, patience and gargantuan suspensions of disbelief reap rewards over almost two hours, which simultaneously bamboozle, delight and astound. The writer-director has a penchant for visual gags in background detail like a rogue photocopier, which churns out reams of paper, creating a snowstorm of tumbling A4 around despairing employees. Some visual flourishes are impossible to miss. Dialogue crackles, from a workplace protest that inspires one young woman to gush, “That scene was crazy, like Norma Rae!”, to the Machiavellian CEO who perceives anyone who can analyse a problem and adapt as “a cunning raccoon”. The unlikely hero is Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield), known to friends as Cash. Writer-director Riley holds firm to his ambitious and outlandish vision.
Tessa Thompson as Detroit and Lakeith Stanfield in Sorry to Bother You
Lakeith Stanfield as Cassius and Danny Glover as Langston