This film went left. Not easy to swallow but eventually digestible. That is how films with this content are supposed to be. Cassius (Lakeith Stanfield) gets a job as a telemarketer. To excel in the role, Langston (Danny Glover) tells Cassius to use a "white man's voice". As Cassius becomes a power caller amidst protests and revelations, he feels the weight of where his loyalty lies.
Can you really have an arthouse black resistance film without Tessa Thompson? She delivers Detroit, her character, with brass beauty, thought and ambition. Lakeith Stanfield balances being observant and aware as the story flows. Terry Crews plays Cassius' uncle in a performance that adds well to the story. Steven Yeun is passionate. Jeremiah Fowler is stunning. Omari Hardwick and his shapely beard were strong. Armie Hammer brings authority along with charm. Danny Glover is suave and fun. Kate Berlant is wonderful in a unique performance.
Writer & director Boots Riley was active on Twitter during the opening weekend, even with people who did not have interest in seeing the film. Boots made sure this film, which is revolutionary, was accessible to experience his vision. The direction embodies the beauty of Oakland as an integral part of the story. The writing is hilarious, sharp, layered and reflective. It pieces together to weave how art is used to drive conversations. A black man's features such as wide nostrils are brought into fearful depictions. Cassius' continual reminder of who he was in high school impedes his growth as a man. Employing The Coup, a rap group Boots has been in for decades, for the music keeps the work in the family.