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340 Ratings


Directed by Spike Lee
United States, 2015
Comedy, Drama


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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Despite its serious subject matter—and arguably at times in counterproductive counterpoint to the serious issues it’s trying to allude to—everything about Chi-Raq exudes exuberance: the movement of the camera; the West Side Story–style choreography of the two rival factions; the delight the actors display in tearing into their dialogue.
August 09, 2018
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So rightly celebrated is Lee’s 1989 movie [Do the Right Thing], and so beyond reproach the lessons his latest film didactically imparts – in brief, gun violence in the US is a scourge, especially in black communities – that there’s a temptation to give it the benefit of the doubt, to overlook that it’s a tone-deaf, smug, slapdash, out-of-touch, mirthless and completely misbegotten mess which gives further proof, should any be needed, that Lee has lost his bearings as an artist.
November 04, 2016
An audaciously Brechtian rereading of Lysistrata… Though little of Aristophanes survives the journey, Lee’s screenplay, much of which is in rhyming couplets, wittily name-checks other figures from Greek mythology, including Demetrius, Oedipus and Cyclops (a one-eyed Wesley Snipes). This breathlessly energetic film conveys a powerful sense of anger at the waste of black lives, and deserves to be better known.
April 29, 2016

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