“Sorry to Bother You,” directed by Boots Riley

Movie, 2018

Satirical comedy with horror and sci-fi elements, charting the meteoric rise of a call centre operative. There are times when the film feels as if it’s going to capsize under the sense of its own significance, with power, race, workers’ rights, success and exploitation all crammed into the first few scenes, but it pulls through and delivers a prickly, full-on entertainment, which just about stays on the right side of farce and being too facile. Some funny moments, though with all that’s going on, little to empathise with, especially when main character Cash appears to have turned down a dark route and forsaken his friends. A big-business, big corporate ‘everyman’ tale.

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