Scrolling through social media last night I saw a trailer for the film, Sorry to Bother You directed by Boots Riley. I watched the trailer and immediate happiness came upon me as I smiled to myself. The premise of this film is great, but even aside from that — the film looks fantastic.
With films like Get Out on the horizon in 2017 by Jordan Peele; the era of ‘woke‘ films are coming for us, and I couldn’t be happier about it.
The Stars of Sorry to Bother You
Sorry to Bother You is a film that stars some of the best African-American/Black actors in the game right now. From Lakeith Stanfield to Tessa Thompson — these actors are beyond some of the greatest in Hollywood.
You may know Stanfield from Get Out, Thompson from Dear White People and Thor: Ragnarok. Terry Crews, Patton Oswalt, Danny Glover, and Steven Yeun are some of the other actors that will star in this film.
The casting is solid. Sorry to Bother You is a film about Cassius Green. He becomes a telemarketer and discovers a magical key to success. Along the way, he also uncovers the ghastly secret of his corporate overlords. In the trailer, you discover the key to his success (we can assume) is using his “Caucasian voice.”
A New Wave of Film and We Are Here For It!
As an African-American/Black person, most can relate to this; especially in the field that Green is in. What makes this film exciting is it’s bringing up topics like we got from Get Out. It is using something that African-Americans/Blacks can relate to and Riley is taking off with it in the best way possible.
Now, again, we only get a trailer, but a few have seen this film at Sundance back in January 2018 and SXSW. On Rotten Tomatoes you can see that 97% are stoked to see the film — and it has an average of 85% by critics.
That results in about 7.1/10. Again, Get Out only got 8.3/10 on Rotten Tomatoes and I personally thought that film was one of the best of this past year. Granted, you can take Rotten Tomatoes with a grain of salt, but that gives you a gist of what you are in for.
This film seems incredibly promising and no matter what I will be at the theater watching it; good or bad reviews aside.