You Should See Sorry To Bother You In Theaters

Tessa Thompson and Lakeith Stanfield in Sorry To Bother You
Tessa Thompson and Lakeith Stanfield from Sorry To Bother You. Directed by Boots Riley

Sorry To Bother You has some of the most shocking moments of the summer. But don’t worry. You are in a spoiler free zone.

With Respect To Thanos

But remember the end of Avengers: Infinity War? Not even what actually happened, but how a hush fell over the entire theater in a palpable way when it did? Sorry To Bother wants to give you a more authentic version of that experience.

The “problem” with that moment in Avengers (I loved the movie, so “problem” is a stretch), is how it loses weight as it’s happening. If you have a basic understanding of where the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been and where it’s going, you can connect the dots in a way that softens the impact the movie’s ending is trying to make on you. Again, it’s still an amazing movie with a bold ending that shakes you as it’s happening. But that ending is undercut a bit when you can feel the room realizing all the heroes who have sequels in pre-production are getting disappeared and all the heroes who don’t are staying.

Tessa Thompson and Lakeith Stanfield in Sorry To Bother You

Not Sorry About Fucking You Up

When the first shoe drops in Sorry To Bother, nothing can undercut that moment (though you could argue the movie tries, confident it’s truly shook you to your core).  Almost ten minutes after it happened, I could still feel the silent “What The Fuck Am I Watching?” stun substantiated throughout the fairly full theater.

And the stun never really wanes. The movie, to that point, felt surreal enough that we could feel something of this magnitude was coming, but once it happens you just have to be slack-jawed by it and stay along for the ride. A second shoe drops right at the end. A more predictable one for those that know how movies tend to work, but one that wants to make sure everyone will leave the theater with a stupid look of shock, disgust, and pontification.

Go see this movie in the theater, if you can. The price of a Tuesday Cheap Seat ticket is worth the experience of being stupefied with a group of strangers.