Chi-Raq - SHOWTIMES (2016)


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A modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes, set against the backdrop of gang violence in Chicago.

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Spencer Herrera ( 2017-02-22 )

Hated It

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Penny Mclaughlin ( 2017-04-09 )

Chiraq - A Mediocre Movie Made Terrible by Ignoring Real Cries for Real Help

Chi-Raq opens with an elevated train stopping at the Wicker Park stop, the most gentrified stop in Chicago. This is where the all black nightclub is depicted. An hour later. A group of black women take over the armory, portrayed as a basketball court. Samuel L. Jackson, the shameful carnival barker, is criticizing the police, saying "if this was happening in YOUR neighborhood" how would you feel? Problem is: that armory is in Humboldt Park, a Puerto Rican neighborhood. Spike made a "satire" about the "black on black" violence in Englewood, but didn't set it in Englewood. ..

Dixie Perez ( 2017-04-11 )

Chi-raq: Cultural appropriation on film, and a lousy film to begin with

On it's own it's a goofy yet poignant musical. A little boring, if I'm being honest. ..

Sherri Gibbs ( 2017-02-02 )

It's based on a Greek Comedy folks...solid film.

There is a lot to pick apart here, I could spend a good amount of time discussing why this movie is irritating. I see a lot of praise from people in the reviews, and that's okay. I get why people would sorta like this, it's a "powerful feminist movie for our time" I see that. Where I cannot jive with this AT ALL is why they took the name Chi-raq. I don't know any people in Chicago who support this movie, the majority think it's goofy and cultural appropriation at it's worst. The violence problems in Chiraq are not over colors, and women cannot stop it just by "withholding sex". You can say "it's a positive message, it applies to many places". No, not here. Chiraq is a term from that culture, the savages of Chiraq came up with that term when they started breaking homicide records. People there are irritated because Spike Lee heard the name and decided to run with it without doing ANY research into the culture he was completely and utterly misrepresenting. What Spike Lee did it the definition of appropriating, and it's just not right. Aside from those ethical frustrations, the movie just isn't good. I'm still mind boggled as to why Nick Canon ever got a role in this film. He's not a good actor. The style of Spike Lee's directing has never been a favorite of mine, it's tolerable in here honestly; that was the singularly redeeming aspect of this film. Otherwise, this is a waste of money.

Brenda Padilla ( 2017-03-17 )

Lively and entertaining

First for the "haters" negative Nancy crowd: I'm bright white, don't love or hate Lee and don't know squat about Chicago. ..

Stephen Fitzgerald ( 2017-04-03 )

School Daze revisited

This one is definitely not without its flaws. The editing and pacing of it is messy, sometimes very uneven. I wasn't familiar with the source material from which this is inspired by, but I found it to be really addictive in its ability to grasp one's attention. I think the ensemble cast works well, even if the tone of the film requires them to be very loud and over-the-top, to the point that the film itself becomes a little exhausting. Some of the performers aren't as good as others, and sometimes it becomes very evident. However, it's also one of those films that is kind of difficult to resist. If you let it sort of wash over you, it will work in splendid, even magical ways, I just wish it was more consistent as a whole.

Betsy Diaz ( 2017-01-12 )

No Need To Include Chicago

I really enjoyed the film, but I readily admit that it is probably hit or miss. First, many people don't like satire, African-American satire, the black lives matter movement or Spike Lee's directing style. If you count yourself among any of these groups, you won't find this film entertaining. Stop reading now. Otherwise, here are some really nice features of the film. ..

Leona Wallace ( 2017-03-25 )

Impressive and pretentious, important and difficult.

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Elmer Stevenson, ( 2017-02-07 )

Plenty of interesting elements, but really all over the shop tonally and in terms of content

From reading the ratings and the headlines for this film, you would think that this was Spike Lee's worst film to date. Personally, I don't think so. What the film suffers from is two things: 1) it touches on many topics at one time. The violence in Chicago and the desperate need for it to cease, sexuality, male/female and their gender roles in society, among other things. On top of all that it teeters on being serious, comedic and a musical all at the same time. Having all these attributes can sometimes result in a muddled mess of a film with the overall message being lost. 2) it bears the name "chi-raq" which already characterizes it as a serious film. It wouldn't receive half of the criticism if it didn't have the violence in Chicago as its premise. Yes, it is based off of the Greek comedy "Lysistrata", but had it removed such a heavy topic from it's storyline it may have ended up as Spike Lee's best. The film makes up for using "chiraq" by being heavy-handed with the message of peace and stopping the violence. But for the most part plays up the Greek comedy. All in all, i don't feel that this was his worst. I understand the anger that many Chicagoans feel about the film. Again, they were expecting a serious film about a serious issue. Lee made a daring leap toward an artistic interpretation of Chicago violence, but only ended up drawing more ire than awe.

Roosevelt Ward ( 2017-03-01 )

A Review Written in Ironic Pentameter

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