• Joshua Buck

Da 5 Bloods (2020) Review

Four African American vets battle the forces of man and nature when they return to Vietnam seeking the remains of their fallen squad leader and the gold fortune he helped them hide.

The performance of Paul (Delroy Lindo) was absolutely phenomenal and he should be in an Oscar race. It is by far the best performance I have seen of the year. It was animated complex and the character of Paul wasn’t afraid to wear his emotions on his sleeve. It’s ridiculous that I have never heard of this actor before and I was absolutely amazed by this performance.

An excellent performance from Jonathan Majors again like we have previously seen in his work in Last Black Man in San Francisco, check out my review for that as well. So, a big honourable mention as well also goes to the supporting cast as well. Clarke Peters (Otis) delivered an excellent balanced character that portrayed a wise stature about him but his character didn’t feel complete and that isn’t a bad thing. It left me yearning for his character arc to be completed and when it was, I felt very satisfied for Otis as well.

The writing once again was amazing and it shows that Spike Lee has a great eye for a story and what was more satisfying this time around was the completion of the characters arcs. It was also educational and shows to an extent of what a whitewashed history really is with Spike Lee showing real footage of people in Vietnam. It didn’t hide from this either telling us facts and figures about what black people had done throughout the Vietnam war.

A favourite scene of mine was when they were going through Vietnam and heading back to the collection point and the group come across a load of mines. This scene is so tense and is my favourite scene in the movie. Another honourable scene was the scene where the Americans were on the boat and the Vietnamese were trying to sell chickens to them. This was a scene that combines all of America as well, white and black.

Spike Lee is bold and brave, with his previous film, ‘BlacKkKlansman’ ending with real-life footage ‘Da 5 Bloods’ opens with it. I thought opening with it wasn’t as strong as finishing with the real-life footage. In ‘Da 5 Bloods’ Spike Lee didn’t hold back from hiding the fact that this movie was a celebration of blackness and the oppression of black people. I think it is such a powerful message and screams that Spike Lee has had enough. I really like this aspect of the movie; however, I do understand why some people might not like it. It isn’t rough around the edges and is just straight to the point. People may turn it off but I hope that it wakes something up in them.

All in all, I thought this film was really good and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I preferred BlackKklansman but the performance of Delroy Lindo makes it a great movie to watch so check it out on Netflix.

I rate this movie a 4/5.

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