Da 5 Bloods

Da 5 Bloods ★★★★

This is a Spike Lee joint. It's not conventional filmmaking. It's a Spike Lee joint, and Spike Lee serves his joints in a certain way. Why? Because it's a Spike Lee joint, and Spike Lee can do whatever the fuck he wants.

His films have strong political and social gravitas; they have critical teaching value. Da 5 Bloods is no different. Not only is the timing of this film perfect, but necessary.

Black people are always fighting wars. Physically and mentally. White America abused them, ruined them, then when they were burnt out, put them on the front lines of wars they should've never been a part of. If they survive, they have to come back to a country that doesn't even see them as human, or deserving of life. They are constantly at war. Against others, and with themselves. Delroy Lindo's character Paul is the perfect depiction of what Black people must be feeling all their lives. It's eerie in sight, but it serves such a powerful message of the inner and outer wars on Black America. Paul is the embodiment of the struggle that so many Black folks have faced. Should they serve a country that doesn't give a shit about them, or should they serve themselves? Should they be proud to be Black, or worry about being Black in America? When you're so marginalized and corrupted by your own shitty country, you have no choice but to do what you think is best for yourself, and end up losing your mind in the process.

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