"Da 5 Bloods", the new Netflix The film, co-written and directed by Spike Lee, tells the story of four black veterans who return to Vietnam decades after the war in search of hidden gold and the body of their long-dead leader.
The film appears to span multiple genres and begins as a drama that focuses on the relationship between the four older men – but over time it becomes more western and their conversations are increasingly interrupted by brutal violence.
Regardless of the genre, "Da 5 Bloods" is openly polemical – emphasizing the ongoing scars of war for both American veterans and Vietnam – and formally bold. It mixes different visual styles to create a breathtaking effect and casually shows a superior alternative to the expensive aging effects seen in last year’s big Netflix film "The Irishman". And everything is held together by Delroy Lindo's great accomplishment as Paul, the "blood" that seems to be most tormented by his memories of the war.
In addition to reviewing the film, we're using the free release of HBO's Watchmen this weekend as an excuse to talk about how much we like the show.
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If you want to continue, the episode is broken down as follows:
0:31 Discussion "Guardians"
5:16 “Da 5 Bloods” review
11:30 pm "Da 5 Bloods" spoiler discussion