1. SORRY TO BOTHER YOU
I don’t even know how to start a discussion about this movie. It’s just one of those movies you have to watch to truly understand the deeper meaning, which by the way, is up to interpretation by the audience. First of all, let me say if you watched and liked the genre of ‘Get Out’, you will definitely enjoy this dark absurd comedy which I can’t honestly stop thinking about. And that’s the objective of the movie, to instigate these thoughts of our society’s structure, and truly analyze who stands to benefit from others and who are prompt to manipulation as a result of financial desperation. It reveals a vicious cycle which is and has never been foreign to our society.
‘Get out’ was a story about race injustice which I strongly recommend on everyone’s must watch list, that’s if you haven’t watched it already. ‘Sorry to bother you’ is one of class injustice, though it heavily incorperates race as a major contributor to this inequality. Remember when Cassius “Cash”, the movie’s protagonist, adopts a ‘white voice’ in order to boost his sales because prior to that, his black vernacular is apparently a career handicap? Do you also recall when Cash is promoted and then promised $100 million at the end of five years if he becomes a false revolutionary leader?
I am not going to narrate the movie, as it might give off some spoiler alerts. However I’ll say this, the movie really does a good job of dissecting societal issues and exposing some dark truths about seeking financial success during that 9am-5pm timeframe. This is especially true when you realize at the end that Cash was just pawn, the perfect desperate/money hungry pawn in a deadly game of chess. His decision to later align himself with the ‘union’ and champion the rights of the ‘horsemen’ as their leader was all part of that game, whether or not he chose to. But as a thought, what if Cash actually did cut a deal with Steve to receive the treatment and the mad cash after the number of years agreed? (Think about it)
First of all, let’s take a moment to acknowledge the bravery of the real Ron Stallworth who actually was the first black detective in the 1970s to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan (KKK). I mean, how unreal and brave is it? The thought of a black man in that era (in fact in whichever era) joining an organization responsible for several atrocities committed on people of color seems like a fictional story fabricated in the mind of a writer with an interesting imagination. Therefore, upon hearing such a movie was out, I decided to watch it for what it’s worth. My initial thoughts of the movie was that it would be more of a documentary-informative movie than perhaps comedic. But oh boy, how I was pleasantly surprised.
The story follows Ron Stallworth, the first black detective hired in the Colorado Springs Police force. Initially, he is assigned to work in the records department, where feeling disrespected, he decides to pitch why he should and would be a good undercover detective to his boss. Lucky for Ron, there’s an assignment where he fits the profile. So Ron ends up infiltrating a local rally organized by the Black Student Union at Colorado College, where Kwame Ture, a national black activist is invited as the key note speaker. There, Ron meets his love interest, Patrice Dumas, the president of the Black Union, who detests cops. So obviously, Ron does not reveal the fact that he’s undercover. However, he feels a deep sense of betrayal as a black cop snitching for an institution that does not necessarily understand and seem to care much about black lives. Because of that, he often tries to voice out his opinion and advocate for black rights whenever and however he can. Not to give up too much of the storyline, fast forward to Ron working in the intelligence division, where he sees a newspaper advertisement to join the KKK and he decides to give them a call, perhaps out of boredom. In a twisted joke played by faith itself, he ends up developing a close bond over the phone with the KKK, especially David Duke, head of the KKK, who has no idea Ron is black.
This movie does a good job of showing the ‘extremes’ of both sides (black and white) and the various reasonings behind their actions, which opens the conversation to the complexity and ignorance behind people’s understanding of race. It used comedy to make the audience laugh at the ridiculous notions that divide us as a nation and make us questions ‘why the hate?’ The one thing I would say I love about this movie is that it was meant to heal instead of instigate. After all, that’s definitely something we need especially now.
By Daniella D.