*Update* Now that the trailer’s had some play, audiences are sharply divided on how to feel about it. One of the biggest complaints is that Spike Lee is offering a skewed perspective of Chicago gun violence, the…interesting notion of the “no sex until you stop gun violence” plot line, and that some of the actors (but mostly Nick Cannon) look completely out of place in a movie about modern day Chicago. Lil’ Durk wasn’t a huge fan of the trailer, and tweeted this before deleting it yesterday (November 3):
Others are taking the satire at face value and waiting for the movie to drop before passing judgement, much like what happened with School Daze and Bamboozled. Either way, this is the most attention a Spike Lee movie has garnered since Inside Man in 2006. Check out some reactions below.
The Spike Lee film Chi-Raq has been causing a lot of controversy this year; citizens of Chicago and even South Side Alderman David Moore have taken Spike to task out of fear that he wouldn’t pay proper reverence to Chicago’s gun violence and for his outsider’s perspective, since he’s not from the Windy City. The very first trailer for the film just dropped today (November 3), and it looks like Spike’s pulling no punches.
The plot of the film, kept squarely under wraps until now, seems to involve the Black women of Chicago taking a vow of celibacy until the gun violence and deaths stop and the respective fallout of that decision. Chi-Raq boasts an all-star cast, including Nick Cannon, Angela Basset, Wesley Snipes, Jennifer Hudson, Teyonah Parris, Dave Chappelle, John Cusack, and Samuel L. Jackson, and is shaping up to be Spike Lee’s first stab at a full-blown comedy that isn’t just a taped special.
We don’t know if Spike Lee’s been watching The Boondocks and Black Dynamite on repeat recently, but whatever inspired this new energy and new direction, we’re with it, even if the sight of a bunch of older actors running and gunning might be missing the point. Hearing what actual Chicago artists like Lil’ Durk, Chief Keef, and others have to say about this…interesting take on Chiraq.
Check out the trailer above and look out for the movie in theaters and on Amazon December 4.