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DA 5 Bloods movie review - Taking relevance

Updated: Jun 23

Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it. - MALCOLM X

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Da 5 Bloods is a post-war drama (Nam war) based on the Veterans Norman (Chadwick Boseman), Otis (Clark Peters), Eddie (Norm Lewis), Melvin ( Isiah Whitlock Jr), Paul(Delroy Lindo) the core of what we are shown as Da5 bloods. The movie takes off with the bloods reuniting in Vietnam in search of AU-some Remnants (physical and philosophical!!). The main Motif of this Movie revolves around the idea (a much needed, as everyone sees it). This Movie swings between trying to balance the idea of Racial inequality, War-PTSD, Human Desires Succeeds only partially as instead of creating Power puff girls, Spike Lee ends up creating doctor octopus.

There is a wave of intra-Sympathy as you can put it as it is emotional at certain scenes but seems to be saturated, creating a nocebo effect on the viewers. But the best part is the top-notch performances of the bloods (Especially Delroy Lindo’s Dialect Awareness and his hallucination shots are pure bliss he rules the Frame effectively, in the Shoes of PTSD soldier he creates as Awe as Messi nutmegging Milner)who has portrayed the role of “Brother till death”, suddenly exchanging happiness to rage for the material desire.

But the war sequences shot through the aspect ratio of 4:3 with 16mm reversal shots at Flashbacks several places giving us the feeling of traveling with the soldiers through the jungle, and explicitly connect us with the subjects. The background score intimidating especially the Jungle Sounds contrasting at the time of War and Peace (Nostalgia for the Bloods as they know the in and out of the forest),with Marvin Gaye’s 1971 album “What’s Going On” Acting as bridge to past and the present There is a particular episode where Paul saves his son David (Jonathan Majors) from a landmine, Where they have delicately Handled the Reactions and the Close Up shots without the Usual Slow-Mo’s that indulges us with the Narrative.

Mélanie Thierry plays a Role of Unmining and removing the Land-Mines That Can be Interpreted as the Result or the Damage a War a can cause to a Country after Several decades. Johnny Nguyen Plays the role of the Guide to the Veterans (Irony is he left Vietnam at 8 for a job).

The Action Scenes Are Lit with Vietnam’s Stand is Particularly Transparent and the real-life massacres that are pictured in the movie are shown below

February 1st 1968 - Nguyễn Văn Lém Execution - In a inhumane scene documented by a NBC cameraman and an Associated Press photographer, South Vietnamese General Nguyễn Ngọc Loan executed a Vietcong prisoner called Nguyễn Văn Lém who had just been captured, by shooting him in the head.

16 March 1968 - My Lai Massacre - In one of the cruellest acts ever Committed by the U.S. military, more than 500 Vietnamese civilians were rounded up and slaughtered by American troops in the village of My Lai. The women and girls were raped and some of the bodies were mutilated.

The Violence Is being justified but the Pinnacle handling of His troops by Norman Makes him a Sort of Cult for his Bloods and The Dialogues from Norman Particularly Hits us like an Andre Agassi’s Forehand. The Two Parallels of the Revolution In the war and in America (For Equality). BlackkKlansman had the nerve to unearth the State of KKK during its Peak and the way it operated in a satirical take.

Kneeling Down or Sporting Kits Black Lives Matter isn’t going to be a Solution for the Injustice or the Fight that has been since The Beginning.Da5 Bloods is a Ferrari Team with Excellent Tech and Drivers But Falls Short at important Moments handing out a bumpy but a good experience that with a Hot take on the things Affecting the Ethnicity in America.

Verdict: Spike Lee’s Drama Is a much-needed take on the History of Black people and their struggles at both physical and Mental Front, but at some angles ends as a Lopsided Story Regarding the Morals of soldiers than a united hardship in America, which elected a President on the belief to “Make America Great Again” Jumping out the massacres and the History can be a Fuel to the Fire, but what we need is Competent Leader and Amendments that Will Crucify Any kind Of parities All over the world. Bloods Don’t Die, They Multiply

Content warning:18+ Available on: Netflix. Bingeopedia Rating: 3 /5

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