A couple nights back I went to see Sorry To Bother You, the feature film debut from writer and director Raymond Lawrence Riley aka Boots Riley. I have to admit, despite the critical praise the film has received in the past few weeks I was afraid this would be yet another movie where my opinion and the opinions of the professional critics diverge. As it turns out I needn’t have worried: Riley has crafted a world that is both a hilarious satire and a biting reflection of modern day American culture. Still, I am by no means a professional film critic, and I knew as I walked out of there that this would be a hard film for me to talk about.
And so, I decided to say “screw it” and just list off the things I enjoyed the movie – some more comprehensive than others – in no particular order. I’ll try to avoid spoilers where I can, as I believe this movie is best experienced by going in blind and just letting the absurdity take you where it will. That said, let’s jump right in.