Last year when Spike Lee won an Oscar for his co-writing work in BlacKkKlansman, everyone eyed the influential director for his next project. Soon was announced Da 5 Bloods, which was apparently produced by Netflix, and had a star-studded cast with the likes of Chadwick Boseman, Delroy Lindo, Charles Peters, and Norn Lewis. So it was safe to say that we were all pretty excited about this Vietnam war drama story. But did it live up to our expectations? Let’s find out!
Da 5 Bloods Overview
Let’s just clear one thing first; Da five Bloods is not what you think it is! The story starts with four veteran friends coming to Vietnam after decades to find the remains of their squad leader. During the first 10 minutes, you could easily guess that some of these ex-soldiers have still not (mentally) recovered from the war and carry grudges against Vietnam. Soon there are sequences of flashbacks to the war where they are assigned on a suicide mission to retrieve a crashed cargo with a locker of gold bar intended for the Lahu people.
Da 5 Bloods Review: Things That Shine
Let’s just clear one thing first; Da five Bloods is not what you think it is! The story starts with four veteran friends coming to Vietnam after decades to find the remains of their squad leader. During the first 10 minutes, you could easily guess that some of these ex-soldiers are still not mentally recovered from the war and hold grudges against Vietnam. Soon there are sequences of flashbacks to the war where they are assigned on a suicide mission to retrieve a crashed cargo with a locker of gold bar intended for the Lahu people.
If there is one thing where Spike Lee did wonders, it is his unique style of direction. From the first shot of the historical footage Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X declaring “when you take 20 million black people and make them fight your wars and pick all your cotton… sooner or later, their allegiance towards you is going tower thin” to those small still shots of historical significance; Lee tries very hard to connect his story to the real world. And he succeeds brilliantly!
But if looked on a narrative level, the direction may seem misplaced in some way, only because of continuity. I mean, it is not something huge like adding a CGI mustache in post-production (sorry superman) it is just the rhythm of sequences. There is a possibility that you may even not notice it the first time.
Da 5 Bloods is accompanied by a star-studded cast of Chadwick Boseman, Delroy Lindo, Charles Peters, and Norn Lewis, the one who outshines in the whole movie is Delroy Lindo. All the other actors give justice to their characters and understand the significance of the film, especially during these times.
Should you watch this film? YES, thousand times YES! Not only because Da 5 Bloods is a movie for the moment but for the ages. Sometimes the best way to get people’s attention to historical injustice is through bold entertainment, and Spike Lee does exactly that. I just hope that people see this movie with the same microscopic level they saw BlackKlansman and other Spike Lee’s ventures because there just are too many references to pop culture, injustice history, important anti-racist activists, and even Trump!
There are many other movies that focus on these topics through various lenses, and they are just as important to understand the history of people who faced injustices as a community.
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