Internet video has changed everything about the film and TV industries, but even still, we never could have guessed that Amazon’s first original movie would be…well, just watch.
Yes, Chi-Raq is a remake of the Lysistrata which, you’ll remember from school, is the Aristophanes comedy about the women of Greece withholding sex until the menfolk stop having wars. (Thinking about it, what a weird play to teach in school.)
Director Spike Lee has moved the action to modern Chicago, and it works surprisingly well. Teyonah Paris (Dear White People) plays Lysistrata, with co-stars Samuel L Jackson, Nick Cannon and Jennifer Hudson. The film will be released on Amazon Video and at a limited run of theatres on 4th December.