Reviews: Da 5 Bloods (2020)

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  • [New] | Mary Ann and Frederic Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice
    • Excerpt: A troubling portrait of the Vietnam war and its toxic impact on so many black soldiers who suffered there.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: : It’s hard to pin down in its early goings, often seeming almost parodic… but once Da 5 are reunited in the jungle, the film coalesces into something powerful.
  • Karl Delossantos @ Smash Cut Reviews
    • Excerpt: On its surface, Da 5 Bloods is an exhilirating adventure filled with twists, turns, and Spike Lee’s iconic style. However, it’s also a depth-filled character study that his heartbreakingly prescient about our present moment.
  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: Spike Lee’s approach to the material is done with a stirring relevance and fearlessness that shows he is still able to capture the pulse of the zeitgeist better than pretty much anyone else out there.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: It’s male camaraderie and brotherhood that make this Spike Lee joint so effective.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: There is action and drama aplenty, but Spike Lee isn’t here to just entertain us; he never is, he’s here to educate us. We’re on a guided tour of how the black man is the foundation of the United States of America, yet has only received scorn and torment in return.
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: Spike Lee has been delivering masterpieces for a long time. He does it again now.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge
    • Excerpt: For as long as there has been cinema, we have needed a Spike Lee. We may always need Spike Lee.
  • Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: That’s not to say that the good doesn’t outweigh the bad, though. I merely hypothesize that a great two-hour drama exists within this over-inflated, two and a half hour epic.
  • Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment
    • Excerpt: Not willing to settle down or hold back on ambition, Da 5 Bloods finds Lee operating on all his high functioning levels.
  • Paulo Portugal @ Insider [Portuguese]
  • Josh Taylor @ www.forgetfulfilmcritic.com
    • Excerpt: Spike Lee’s indelible style, wit, and focus on black issues is what makes the picture as good as it is. He has created – in collaboration with the actors portraying them – four black men who are all dealing with what the Vietnam War did to them. They do so in different ways, and Lee explores the unique ways in which trauma affects and is expressed by those who have survived it.