This social satire on big tech, race and the gig economy manages to remain fearlessly incentive and unpredictable right up to the final shot. It is very funny too, with several acerbic sequences which make this film destined for cult status amongst those who have seen it. The coolness of Lakeith Stanfield in the lead role only adds to its charms. Tessa Thompson continues her Hollywood ascent on her terms.
This film tells a wacky story while also expressing some much needed social commentary. It's wacky tones and visuals are complimented by their colorful and unique characters. It's a joy within itself to see the main characters develop and change throughout this roller coaster of a film.
Deeply committed to its own absurdity, this film shows how far a daring language can go with both a deep sense of zeitgeist and a clear social agenda. This whole trip reminds me of the Russian "Theatre of the Absurd" in both its narrative forms and the feeling of opportunity in which its tools are used. The whole B-Movie aesthetic gives it a solid irrefutable lift. Fantastic movie.
What Okja is to animal exploitation, Sorry To Bother You is to racism. Certainly the best satire on the topic since Get Out, perhaps even better. Not sure I can put it better than Steven Shaviro: "The closest we may well come to a comprehensive vision of racialized capitalism today: both how it works & how it feels. Satirical, surrealistic science fiction is the only way to be adequate to contemporary social reality"