Spike Lee’s “Chi-Raq” Looks Like a Return to Auteur Form

Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq trailer has been breaking the internet, which proves just how much people have been waiting on a star-studded Spike Lee joint to come out. This might sound like I’m damning the other films simply because they’re smaller. I’m not doing that, since there’s always something thought-provoking about most Spike Lee films. But you have to admit that it’s been a while since Spike Lee has made a feature film that was this chock full of stars–Teyonah Parris, Samuel L. Jackson, Angela Bassett, Nick Cannon, La La Anthony, Jennifer Hudson, Dave Chappelle, and plenty more recognizable faces. Just take a look at the trailer right here:

CHI-RAQ Trailer from 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks on Vimeo.

The film takes place in Chicago, which due to its rampant gun violence has been given the nickname “Chi-raq.” As you’ve seen from the trailer, the film seems like quite a few Spike Lee films in that it takes on a tough issue with an irreverent, even hilarious take, then slowly evolves into a “WTF” moment that keeps you thinking about what you just saw and makes the issues the film tries to tackle hyperrealistic. Chi-Raq shows some of the Lee I’ve been missing since the ’90s, and I sincerely hope the film lives up to what the trailer shows.

Chi-raq comes to theaters Dec. 4. Are you going to see it in theaters? Give your opinions below!

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Screencap from Chi-Raq.