In the war drama film Da 5 Bloods (2020), a group of African American war vets return to Vietnam to find the remains of their fallen squad leader and search for the gold they had hidden and promised to recover. Directed by Spike Lee, the film stars Chadwick Boseman, Delroy Lindo, Jonathan Majors, Clarke Peters, Melanie Thierry and Jean Reno just to name a few. YouTuber Jeremy Hannaford shares his opinions on the latest war film from director Spike Lee.
This feels like a jigsaw puzzle from different puzzle pieces crammed together and it works. Considering how mish-mash this film feels like in terms of concepts and also just watching it as it's being put together, as it’s playing out before you, most of the time in the back of my brain I kept on thinking, this shouldn’t be working but it is, how is that possible?
Not a fan of Lee’s first war film, Miracle at St. Anna (2008), the YouTuber is pleasantly surprised by the film's ability to seem all over the place but at the same time, tie in perfectly together. He also notes the film has an interesting premise of incorporating current day politics, the struggles that African Americans faced in the past as well as in the present day.
One aspect of the film Hannaford enjoys despite it feeling a bit confusing at times, is the back and forth switching of filming aspect ratios. The flashback parts of the film are visually displayed in a way that is very authentic to films back in the 1970’s as opposed to when scenes are shown in present day, they are viewed in HD quality. It might seem jarring at first but for some reason in this movie it works, according to the YouTuber.
Definitely a film for Spike Lee fan enthusiasts, says Hannaford, who rates the film a 5/7.
YouTuber Jeremy Hannaford rates and reviews new movies and TV shows on his channel weekly.