OUT THIS WEEK... SORRY TO BOTHER YOU (15)

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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

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