Da 5 Bloods
A Spike Lee Joint
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Delroy Lindo, Jean Reno, Jonathan Majors, Paul Walter Hauser, Isiah Whitlock
Written by: Spike Lee, Kevin Willmott, Paul De Meo, Danny Bilson
40 acres and mule filmworks, distributed by Netflix
In Spike Lee’s newest joint we follow the ‘da 5 bloods’ as they reunite in Ho Chi Minh City for one last mission. About 45 years after having served in the same city during the Vietnam War. We learn right right away that only 4 out of the 5 bloods are present in this mortal life, which is also the reason they have all returned to Vietnam.
Right from the beginning, just as Spike Lee does best, you see the real imagery from the events surrounding the Vietnam war. In doing this he sets you up emotionally for the events of the film. You get a visceral perspective of the plight of the African American during wartime America and with Spike Lee leading the charge, you can expect an honest take on the matter. ‘Da 5 bloods’ does just that. Chadwick Boseman’s character, Stormin’ Norman is the quintessential African American revisionist, the man that all young black kids should look up to as a hero. He is very much the hero of the film. In any revolution, there needs to be a leader, from Martin Luther King, to Malcolm X, to Muhammed Ali, during the most pivotal times of civil rights activism there were leaders that people looked up to. This film comes right at another important time where the people are demanding equality. Except this time around, there is not a definitive leader that is taking charge.
If there is one thing that ‘Da 5 Bloods’ taught me is that we need a leader. Leadership is vital to accomplishing the tasks that are set before you, whatever they may be. In the current political climate, there is a lack of leaders, on both sides. So here’s to finding our Stormin’ Norman, our Martin Luther King Jr., even our Malcolm X.