Two lessons were readily apparent for movie fans during the Golden Globe nominations this morning. First, this year’s field is wide open; the top spot went to Vice which grabbed a piddling six nominations. Three films were right behind the Christian Bale costume drama with five each. The message is clear: Globes voters didn’t know what the hell to vote for when honoring this year’s best films.
The second lesson coming out of this morning’s awards announcement came not from the list of acclaimed films, but one very high profile snub: Boots Riley’s confident, compelling debut feature, Sorry to Bother You. The offbeat comedy starring Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson puts America’s class system in its sights. The adventure balances zany comedy and in-your-face poignancy in a way that feels like a rough and tumble take on Lewis Carroll.
Sorry to Bother You is like a blend of Charlie Kaufman and Tim Burton back when he was good. Not only is the comedy unlike anything else you can see in a theater this year, but the film is also that rare bit of art that’s as enjoyable as it is provocative. Hell, you can sit back and watch Cassius Green ascend the ranks of RegalView’s telemarketing elite and still enjoy the hero’s journey on which he embarks without worrying too much about the political commentary.
I don’t want to give away all the very bizarre details, but needless to say, Sorry to Bother You is possibly the one film of 2018 that threw itself into uncharted territory. To see that creative effort and admirable execution snubbed in favor of more conventional fare proves that Hollywood isn’t changing in quite the way they’d have us believe.
I mean, really? You nominated the fourth remake of A Star Is Born for five fucking Golden Globes, and you can’t get Boots Riley a writing nod? Jesus, people.
You can (and should) watch Boots Riley’s Sorry to Bother You currently streaming on Hulu.