Chi-Raq – Rated R

Chi Raq

Based on the ancient Greek play Lysistrata ~ which was written by jokester and rhymer Aristophanes, in the time before Jesus roamed here on earth too…

When Spike Lee and his bud Kevin Willmott read this fine piece of lit, they decided there was absolutely no time better than this ~ to bring this tale to the present ~ and make it hit home ~ on the streets of CHICAGO ~ that windy city that blows ~ and in many ways that no one, lest they live there, truly knows…the Southside they call it, where pain and misfortune prevail, although those who cause it, seem not too concerned with anyone, but their own tails…

So Direct as he may ~ and as good as he do ~ Spike gathers up actors of strong stature to express his own thoughts and feelings... We begin with words of a rather solemn nature ~ as his prophesies are truthful, as he knows what he speaks, hark the words of the master himself ~ Dolmedes (Samuel L. Jackson) as his words must be heard…they truly do hold the key…to the salvation of a City, and any fool following gangster king Demetrius ~ or Chi-Raq, (Nick Connon), if you please…

Cause the Cyclops (Wesley Snipes) is prowlin, and so are his boys, they gonna hunt Chi-Raq down…for him making some noise, and to him pay too, for what his fine lady Lysistrata (Teyonah Parris) done do… A revolt she done started, gainst what men like to do most, you know, make nice with the ladies, and off with their clothes…

So the ladies are winning, by denying those advances, thus keeping them bad boys off their streets and their babies from dying. And then who shall proclaim that he wants to be a part of the answer too, but a clergyman named Father Corrigan (John Cusack), he wants to play along too, as he can’t stand to bury one more pretty angel child, just starting life anew…

Who knew all the power these women doth have, getting guns off the streets, and their men to use their heads…seems Dolmedes was right, if we can just heed his call ~ stop the fightin and killin and make a mends of it ya all…

I give CHI-RAQ a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN ~ Lee’s striving for justice, and the American way, bringing his rap charged invention into theaters today. Looks like his rhetoric and insight is true, as he talks about the fighting and killing we just can’t turn our heads too.

This film encompasses an eloquent Shakespearian portrayal of the craziness happening in the inner city of Chicago, as told threw its many characters, portrayals, and rhyming beats. This film will touch both your heart and your soul, and will bring you to realize there is much many of us don’t know, about how horrific life is for those on the streets. Once I managed to settle into the way Lee chose to tell his tale ~ through his rap-laden script that only he would know how to sell~ I was intrigued by the performances, and the message inside. And as moved as I was while the story unfolded, I can’t help but to wish and hope that this film reaches it’s much intended audience ~ and to touch some of our leaders along the way too ~ as they wield the power needed for change this change to ensue…The premise of this film is as simple and basic as it gets~ No Peace, No PIECE ~ but with lots of cinematic dimension. All the killing and loss is much more than statistics ~ it’s for real, happening all throughout our states and our cities ~ making CHI-RAQ one very important film YOU MUST HEAD OUT TO VIEW, as this story being shared is long overdue…

 Kathy Kaiser