So tonight was 'Da 5 Bloods', a Netflix original directed by Spike Lee, and one of this weeks top performing films. I felt very attached to this film because it's mainly set in Vietnam, and I got to see some of the terrain my father fought in. It's one of the best-reviewed films of the year and Netflix’s first potential awards contender, is listed at not only #1 among the streamer’s movies, but also tops their overall content list. It reached that its second day out, and remained so for three days running. The durability will count: Netflix represents mass-audience tastes, similar to wide-release movies.
Boasting an all-star cast including Delroy Lindo, Clarke Peters and Chadwick Boseman, Da 5 Bloods follows a group of Vietnam vets who return to the country in which they fought “the American war”. Officially, they are there to locate and recover the remains of their fallen squad leader “Stormin’ Norman” (Boseman), a warrior, teacher and mentor (“our Malcolm and our Martin”). But they’re also on the trail of gold – a stash of bullion that they found and buried all those years ago.
Developed by Lee and his regular collaborator Kevin Willmott from an original script by Danny Bilson and Paul De Meo, Da 5 Bloods opens in typically forthright fashion with historical footage of Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X, the latter declaring that “when you take 20 million black people and make them fight all your wars and pick all your cotton… sooner or later their allegiance towards you is going to wear thin”. https://www.msn.com/en-gb/entertainment/movies/da-5-bloods-review-e2-80-93-spike-lee-goes-all-out-in-vietnam/ar-BB15soaI
I Highly recommend. #Blacklivesmatter plays a poignant role too.