8539888-13526235Spike Lee’s newest film Chi-Raq has drawn a lot of criticism as well as praise. Just take a look at a few of the reviews below:

Urgent, surreal, furious, funny and wildly messy, the movie sounds like an invitation to defeat, but it’s an improbable squeaker triumph that finds Mr. Lee doing some of his best work in years. Full review Manohla Dargis – New York Times

Some scenes are literal sermons, others are one-joke skits. And yet it’s hard not get at least a little energized by the whole thing. Full review – Ignatiy Vishnevetsky – A.V. Club

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. Full review – Justin Chang – Variety

Now from these reviews, you’d think that Chi-Raq was the next best thing to kool-aid, but these reviews were also not written by black people.

Chance the Rapper, a native of Chicago, recently spoke out against the movie and Lee.

And of course Lee shot back:

“First of all, Chance the Rapper should say full disclosure: His father works for the mayor. He’s the chief of staff, whatever the title is. His father is the chief of staff. Show me any criticism, if you’re so concerned about Chicago, do your research, show me where he’s made a criticism about the mayor. I think your findings will be surprising. He’s not criticized the mayor. Why? His father works for the mayor,” Lee told show host Chris Hayes.

Everyone is going to have their opinion about the film. Some people even have these opinions without seeing it. Which I’m not exactly sure is fare. Chi-Raq may not be Lee’s best piece of work, but he’s open up conversation.

Clutchettes: Did you see Chi-Raq? What did you think of the film?

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