Sorry to Bother You ★★★★

Yeah ok, it’s Brazil, Michel Gondry, etc. ... but take yourself back in time five years and ask yourself which one of the following would most likely exist in 2018: (a) an equisapien generically engineered by a corporation; or (b) Donald Trump as President of the United States.

Surreality is just not as unfamiliar as it used to be.  And perhaps that’s why this opening night screening at the arthouse was packed for the first time I’ve seen in months.  Even so, the modes of satirical expression are simultaneously so broad (e.g., WorryFree) and so specific (e.g., Sergio the Power Caller’s derby) that it’s difficult to dub this unruly, hypnotic film as a “masterpiece” at this early stage.

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