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A film everyone should watch this year.
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.
This is a fantastic film which really gives you an education for what it was like for black soldiers during the Vietnam war and the consequences it has for these people later on in life. The film opens with historical news and information about the atrocities that were happening at the time in Vietnam as well as, what was happening to black people in America. This was a powerful opening as it does not hold back. Spike Lee shows you harrowing images that grab your attention and gives you context for what this film is going to talk about.
I believe that relationships are very important in film, TV, theatre, as relationships show us what are in peoples hearts. This film shows us that with Paul (Delroy Lindo), Otis (Clarke Peters), Eddie (Norm Lewis), and Melvin (Isiah Whitlock Jr.). In the beginning these four show how much of a bond they have, which you can see in the bar scene where they meet their guide, Vinh Tran (Johnny Nguyen). You can also see when Vinh takes them on a boat to get towards the jungle how they band together to defend Paul from a Vietnamese food seller who is trying to sell a live chicken to Paul, whilst Paul is telling him no. This is the first moment in the film where Paul admits to having mental health issues where he sees, Stormin’ Norman (Chadwick Boseman). Once in the jungle, the bond between them starts to fracture, when they find a gun hidden in Otis’s bag. From here on in Paul gets more and more on edge not trusting anyone not even his own son, David (Jonathan Majors). However, they do end up finding the gold by a bit of luck but also good tracking skills, and not to far off they find Stormin’ Norman’s body. Spike Lee tells a fantastic story between these four vets that shows the strong bond they have but also how that bond can be fractured due to greed.
One of the scenes you can see this in is, the scene where Eddie admits that he is broke. This is tough scene to watch as you can see how heartbroken Eddie is about having no money, but yet still has the strength to say he wants to give his share of the gold to help black people get equality. I’ve got to say well done to Norm Lewis in this scene you believe every word he says and he says it with such strength and raw emotion. We are lucky enough as well to see a fantastic view in this scene. That’s one of the added bonuses to this film, getting to see some amazing views.
One of the most powerful scenes in this film, is the one where they find Stormin’ Norman’s body.
This is powerful scene as you can see how emotional they all are upon finding his body. Especially that of Paul who is really torn up. Spike Lee shoots this scene showing everyone’s emotion and you can’t help getting choked up seeing their sadness for their fallen comrade.
I’ve got to say Delroy Lindo is amazing in this film. This is arguably one of his best performances. The build up to his character getting more and more psychotic is brilliant due the subtlety of it. What I mean by this is that he starts off slightly annoyed by people bothering him but it gradually gets worse and worse as he enters the jungle. I would say that Spike is basically saying that this jungle is also a metaphorical jungle for his mind. The further he goes in the worse he gets. There’s a fantastic moment where, Paul leaves the group as he feels betrayed by everyone and he gives us a monologue on how angry he feels about this betrayal. It’s a raw moment but gives us such honesty on how he feels. Through this monologue we find that he accidentally killed Stormin’ Norman. Eventually after a snake bite Paul starts hallucinating where he sees Stormin’ Norman. They talk about what happened and Norman forgives Paul for killing him saying that it was an accident. This was a very touching moment which is brilliantly acted by both Delroy and Chadwick, especially when you can see how much Delroy is showing how much it means to Paul to be forgiven. As though he can finally move on and feels free.
There isn’t much I disliked about this film, however I did find a couple of things that bugged me. One was the flashbacks, they’re good scenes but I did find them a bit jarring when transitioning from a flashback scene to the present day. The second thing that bothered me was the swearing. Don’t get me wrong there is a great joy of saying f**k, I love the satisfaction of saying f**k, it’s a great word. But not every sentence. As I find that a f**k loses it’s threat once you over use it. Obviously, I get that Spike Lee wants to keep it as real to life as possible but for me I could have done with one less expletive.
This being said there is a lot to say that is fantastic about this film, from the writing, acting, cinematography. directing, a fantastic soundtrack, this film has it all. When I review films I tend to write notes to help me keep track. One note I wrote was, It gives you an education on race and war. Films in the past have often focused on how white men did during the Vietnam war but not on how black men did. Spike gives us that through this film, he shows their joy, their struggles and what life was like for them back then and how its effected them in the present. If you want to educate yourself, I thoroughly recommend this film as not only does it talk about black lives but also focuses in on what it was like for black people during the Vietnam war.
‘So long blood, rest in power’
Da 5 Bloods is the new Spike Lee joint starring Chadwick Boseman, Delroy Lindo, Clarke Peters and Jonathan Majors which follows 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 movie is an Netflix Original and a follow up of Spike after his win at the Oscars. It also a major Movie for Chadwick Boseman after his turn as the Black Panther in the marvel universe.
Da 5 bloods is an interesting take on the whole Vietnam or American war. It is expected as the director Spike Lee can be very vocal about Political subjects in his films. The film also plays with the genre of a war film being anti-war in many ways. This movie is definitely not Apocalypse Now or any of the movies that have come out. It speaks against the propaganda of war, it shows the aftermath of war and the sheer stupidity of it but more importantly of all it shows the Black perspective.
Thursday 25 June 2020 Act Of God:
Actor Kendrick Sampson has written a letter to the entertainment industry in Hollywood to move away from anti-black content and in that content’s place invest in anti-racist content, black carreers and black communities. This letter has been signed by over 300 Black executives and black artists which includes Chadwick Boseman, Michael B Jordan and Idris Elba.
This act of God is another way God is trying to empower a once oppressed group who still experience violence against them due to a characteristic they carry. God loves all His children equally and wants all of His children to be equal under the sun. Therefore God uses people to help make that happen.
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