Monday 10 December 2018

Sorry to Bother You review: 'When it hits the mark, it can be very funny, but it’s also a bit of a mess'

3 stars

Boots Riley has said his directorial debut Sorry To Bother You has been branded ‘weird’ because his characters engage in class struggle (Sorry to Bother You/PA)
Boots Riley has said his directorial debut Sorry To Bother You has been branded ‘weird’ because his characters engage in class struggle (Sorry to Bother You/PA)
Paul Whitington

Paul Whitington

A film full of cleverness and good ideas, Boots Riley’s angry satire has been getting rave reviews in the US, where it’s seen as the latest in a new breed of movies taking on the dark forces of American racism.

Young slacker Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield) is tired of being turned down for jobs because he’s black.

When he finally lands one at a dodgy call centre, Cash discovers a talent for sounding white: he shoots up the sales board, but also attracts the attention of a sinister corporation.

When Riley’s film hits the mark, it can be very funny, but it’s also a bit of a mess, especially late on when it loses focus entirely.

(16, 112 mins)

Also releasing this week:

The Old Man & the Gun review: 'Redford deserves another Oscar nomination for this winningly evocative film' The Belly of the Whale review: 'A bits and pieces film, full of loose ends and stray plot lines' Free Solo review: 'A fine documentary'

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