*cue Drake’s Worst Behavior*
Spike Lee’s Chiraq, which opens in theaters nationwide today, is a satire about gang violence that is prevalent in south side Chicago neighborhoods, particularly that of Englewood. The film is based on Aristophanes‘ Lysistrata, a Classical Greek comedy play in which various women withhold physical affection from their husbands as punishment for fighting in war.
The film has received rave reviews from The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Variety and the New York Daily News who have said:
A sprawling, blistering state-of-the-union address that presents Chicagos South Side as a cesspool of black-on-black violence, gang warfare, gun worship and macho misogyny. ~ Justin Chang, VarietyIt’s a story that’s as timely now as it was in Aristophanes’ day: No justice? No piece. ~Stephen Whitty, New York Daily NewsOne of Lee’s best moves with “Chi-Raq” was finding an electrifying actress to fill its central role: As Lysistrata, Teyonah Parris takes early command of the screen. ~ Ann Hornaday, Washington PostHere’s Spike Lee at his ballsiest. ~ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone