Sorry to Bother You is the first film by an Oakland musician, Boots Riley. It’s a dark comedy satire premised on a black telemarketer—Cash play by Lakeith Stanfield—who uses his “David Cross white voice” to excel at his new gig. This alone works a pretty hysterical premise for the plot—but then escalates the further into some wilder fantasy aspects.

The visual style felt influenced by other music video directors like Spike Jones and Michel Gondry. When Cash makes a call, his desk is transported into the house of the other person making for a better visual effect than a split shot of two people on the phone.

The film takes on another crazy direction as Armie Hammer’s character is introduced as a corporate tech CEO “world savior”. It’s not worth even trying to describe what happens next. Go see the film!

— Sundance 2018

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