M S Krishna Prateek’s review published on Letterboxd:
"5 Bloods don't die, we (just) multiply."
A goldmine of a film digging deep into the war that's never going to end in human minds inside as a result of the war that ended outside years ago and ultimately mined true brotherhood while also taking a dig at the ever-pertinent racism through action-packed filmmaking in the exact Hollywood sense of the word Blockbuster.
The tributes to Coppola's Apocalypse Now keep pouring in right from the name of the bar where Da 4 Bloods hangout at the beginning, we get the iconic wide shot of the helicopter flying in front of the sun and then the "Ride of the Valkyries" soundtrack launched the boat journey of these Vietnam Vets into the Vietnamese jungles. Also, "The horror the horror" of Apocalypse Now got updated here to "Madness Madness"! Spike Lee transitioned from one world to another seamlessly with colour change and 3 to 4 different aspect ratios for different episodes, the most striking of them being the 4:3 one used in the flashback sequences that evoke a feeling of witnessing live news coverage of Da Bloods during the war in Nam.
Delroy Lindo as Paul who believed in Norm like a religion should get an Oscar Nom for sure, otherwise, "Not P̶a̶u̶l̶ Academy, not this time." As a broken man who is not able to make the transition for coming back to the present world, From grunting To panting To yelling To screaming To sobbing To smiling, you name it and Delroy did it. I was so impressed when I first watched Delroy in Malcolm X where he perfectly portrayed West Indian Archie's arc going From a kicking ass gambler To a sympathetic man struggling to get back on his feet and he gave it all his heart to keep up that "rep" by returning now with a "mother of gold" performance, where he transfixed me like anything whenever he was in a fix and broke the fourth wall multiple times in all the closeups to leap his contrasting emotions off the screen.
Chadwick Boseman's (Stormin') Norman is present virtually along with Da Bloods throughout their journey and deservingly his "gold standard" vision injected into the veins of his fellow Bloods to love one another is what made Da Bloods not die, but multiply!