Da 5 Bloods

Da 5 Bloods ★★★★

This is powerful, fierce, angry and most of all sympathetic filmmaking from Spike Lee. A war movie told through the perspective of African American soldiers shouldn’t be something this rare but here we are and it’s a lot to take in. It spans decades and we see the toll that fighting in Vietnam has had on these men. To them, it was just another part of themselves that their country took away and all these years later their back to try in someway reclaim what’s theirs. It’s so emotional at times that it’s almost overwhelming. Many have said this already but Delroy Lindo is incredible here and he’s asked to do a lot. Most of the emotional weight of the movie falls on his shoulders and on top of that Lee films some of his big moments in pretty unconventional, even abstract ways but it still shines through as does the entire movie. A story about bonds, guilt, and eventual acceptance. Through sheer force of will it powers through any perceived flaws because of how vital a work it is right now.

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