Brilliant and touching
Absolutely the worst movie.
A terrific literary drama and character piece that shows how the process of creating art can be seen differently by those doing it and those looking at it from the outside.
The joyful confection is coated in a sparkly gloss, bright enough to gleam from the darkest, most cynical corners.
"The Wire" was a great series. However, comparing "The Chi" with "The Wire" misses the deep and intimate development of the principle characters in this series. The complex and contradictory interactions and relationships makes The Chi" one of the best shows to air in years.
I think the plot was well written. And some of the characters were rather compelling, my personal favorites were Jake, Brandon and Emmett.
The only thing I will say, is that if you're looking for a gritty crime story. This isn't it. While it does contain crime and murder, I believe the more slice of life type stuff takes center stage.
My main critique is that the crime elements weren't as true to life as i'd like. Coming from the streets, and being locked up... I know that gang politics arent the way they're portrayed in the show.
Another critique is that Ronnie's story got stale after a while, his story just dragged on and wasn't interesting after the coogi situation ended with a gunshot. Even though he got locked up in the end and I'm presuming their gonna focus on his prison time next season.
The Chi is one of the best shows to air in a long time. Watching it after the utter dross that is MacMafia reminded me of how good television should look and feel.
The writers take their time to introduce you to the characters, and give them space to develop. A rare thing these days. It's been compared to The Wire, and there are definite similarities (obviously no bad thing), but The Chi has a vibe all of it's own and gradually hooks you in. Most shows aim to have someone on screen you can empathise with, or at least identify with, but here there are so many members of the cast you genuinely want to go along with for the ride.
I'm surprised this show doesn't have a higher rating. From the reviews so far it's clear some people just don't get it, or have the time to let something grow, but this is top class television and I hope it gets the audience it clearly deserves.
This show portrays how Chicago really cam be even when you are booty in the streets. Things just go sideways, stories get crossed. Common was the perfect guy to be a part of this. One of the most realistic shows on TV right now. Ppl that don't rate this show 7 or higher is either hating because its great black show and/or Don't understand the realities of "the hood". Guys from the hood are probsbly not on imdb rating shows and writing reviews so I'll do it for them. GREAT SHOW LITERALLY