Da 5 Bloods

Da 5 Bloods

Da 5 Bloods

Four African-American veterans return to Vietnam for two different kinds of unfinished business in the latest from Oscar-winning filmmaker Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman). 

Decades after the conclusion of the Vietnam War the four surviving Bloods—Delroy Lindo (Malcom X), Isiah Whitlock Jr. (wielder of The Wire‘s famous”sheeeeeeeee-it”), fellow The Wire alum Clarke Peters and Norm Lewis (Sex and the City 2)—head into the Vietnam countryside in search of the remains of their fallen squad leader (Chadwick Boseman, Black Panther), and a fortune in gold.

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Stuff

Stuff

press

Da 5 Bloods is a vintage Spike Lee Joint. Lee still has the moves, the rage, the humour and the urgency he brought to his movies 40 years ago.

4.0
Variety

Variety

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Entertainment journalists have taken to describing “Da 5 Bloods” as “timely” because its release coincides with the nationwide protests that spontaneously arose following the murder of George Floyd. That is true, but let’s be clear: Lee has always been ahead-of-his-timely.

IndieWire

IndieWire

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This loose, caustic look at aging Vietnam vets is a Spike Lee joint that illustrates the rarity of an American filmmaker so confident in his sensibilities and style that nothing can slow them down.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

There's a lot of plot unpacked in the 2.5-hour movie's first half, but Lee shuffles through it with fluidity and verve, aided by the tetchy but mostly genial group's camaraderie.

Total Film

Total Film

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OK, so the ‘Nam firefights are more routine than we’d expect from Lee and the treasure hunt element almost feels it belongs to a different film, but this is a frequently fierce, fascinating picture. The world needs it right now.

4.0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

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With a story that straddles two generations and stretches from Trump’s United States to the Vietnam jungle, Da 5 Bloods is one of Spike Lee’s most expansive films to date.

4.0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

This is, of course, still an American film set in Vietnam, but it’s one that tells the story from a viewpoint too often minimised.

4.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It’s all so inventively bizarre that you could treat it simply as a black comedy, but in the final 15 minutes there is an amazing crescendo of emotion.

5.0
Vulture

Vulture

press

One of the greatest films Spike Lee has ever made.

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Lee is just the trailblazer to bring passion and clarity to his presentation of the bloods as patriots who suffered disproportionate combat losses in an immoral war that wasn’t theirs, then came home to a country that denied them civil rights and left them alienated and adrift.

5.0
BBC

BBC

press

The historical signposts would be clumsy in most hands, but they are part of Lee’s aesthetic, and he knows just how and when to use them.

5.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Da 5 Bloods is a vintage Spike Lee Joint. Lee still has the moves, the rage, the humour and the urgency he brought to his movies 40 years ago.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

Entertainment journalists have taken to describing “Da 5 Bloods” as “timely” because its release coincides with the nationwide protests that spontaneously arose following the murder of George Floyd. That is true, but let’s be clear: Lee has always been ahead-of-his-timely.

IndieWire

IndieWire

press

This loose, caustic look at aging Vietnam vets is a Spike Lee joint that illustrates the rarity of an American filmmaker so confident in his sensibilities and style that nothing can slow them down.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

There's a lot of plot unpacked in the 2.5-hour movie's first half, but Lee shuffles through it with fluidity and verve, aided by the tetchy but mostly genial group's camaraderie.

Total Film

Total Film

press

OK, so the ‘Nam firefights are more routine than we’d expect from Lee and the treasure hunt element almost feels it belongs to a different film, but this is a frequently fierce, fascinating picture. The world needs it right now.

4.0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

With a story that straddles two generations and stretches from Trump’s United States to the Vietnam jungle, Da 5 Bloods is one of Spike Lee’s most expansive films to date.

4.0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

This is, of course, still an American film set in Vietnam, but it’s one that tells the story from a viewpoint too often minimised.

4.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It’s all so inventively bizarre that you could treat it simply as a black comedy, but in the final 15 minutes there is an amazing crescendo of emotion.

5.0
Vulture

Vulture

press

One of the greatest films Spike Lee has ever made.

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Lee is just the trailblazer to bring passion and clarity to his presentation of the bloods as patriots who suffered disproportionate combat losses in an immoral war that wasn’t theirs, then came home to a country that denied them civil rights and left them alienated and adrift.

5.0
BBC

BBC

press

The historical signposts would be clumsy in most hands, but they are part of Lee’s aesthetic, and he knows just how and when to use them.

5.0

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