Top positive review
Lower ratings don't know what they watched
Reviewed in the United States on January 17, 2018
A lot of the low ratings here seem to miss the fact that this is depiction of a Greek play. Aristophanes was known for his comedy in his plays. Maybe people need to educate themselves on these things first, instead of writing low rated reviews about how they didn't get it because that's more on you than the film lol.
The film had no lack of serious but also comedic elements. Very highly enjoyable, and it's clear what the message was. I just wish they talked a bit more about how White America contributes to these issues, but overall a well made film. The writing was great, it was cool to see a rap take on a Greek play. Music was apt, good lyrics too. Was weird to see Nick Cannon of all people as a gangster, but he played the part amazingly. Teyonah Parris was wonderful as Lysistrata, because she a strong actor and nice for the role, and it made me want to see more of her films. Samuel L. Jackson was perfect as Dolmedes, I really couldn't picture anyone else for that role. Ultimately a very fun film to watch and it was interesting to see a somewhat absurdist perspective on a serious topic. The last point of including "Wake Up" at the end is very much needed for this nation to understand what these communities are going through. However, it's definitely a kind of a comedic take on it rather than explaining it properly, so don't take it so seriously. The social justice message was well made though, and it gave me a lot to think about. Highly recommend just for Spike Lee, but it's well worth it to watch for the others in the film and for how awesome it is.