Flash Movie Review: Da 5 Bloods

IT WAS NOT UNTIL I CAUGHT his sideways glance back at us that I realized we needed to stop talking separately. I understood because I had been in his position myself and knew what it felt like. Early on, I did not realize when two people are together in a relationship, they learn to talk to each other in a certain shorthanded type of way, that only they understand. They also can get a sense through their partner’s body language; people refer to this as non-verbal visual cues. I remember walking with their new significant other as mine was walking behind to catch up with their old flame. To me it sounded like they were conversing with sentence fragments; little snippets of phrases and idioms that made little sense to me. They would laugh at what I heard to be random bits; but to hear them, one would think they were a couple of comedians sharing their comedy routines with each other. I cannot say I was feeling hurt per se, however, I did feel as if I was being left out from being part of their clique. As I said, the first time this happened to me I was uncomfortable. But as I gained experience being in that role and with maturity, I stopped feeling threatened and instead, learned to respect it for what it was: 2 exes’ catching up in the way only they knew how to communicate with each other.      WHETHER IT IS TWO OR A DOZEN people who have spent a significant time together, it is understandable they form a special bond between themselves. The bond becomes so strong that a long expanse of time filled with absence barely shaves off a layer from the top surface of the connection. I remember going back to an elementary school class reunion and despite having had no contact with many of my classmates for decades, all of us immediately fell into that comfortable spot of familiarity and belonging. It was as if I had just been with them a short time ago as my memories burst into my awareness like a school of swimming dolphin coming up for air at the same time; I would see someone new walk into the room and I immediately recognized them and recalled the interactions we had together when we were back in such and such grade. Any of the petty issues that any of us were carrying about a bad experience shared got washed away from the excitement of being back together as one cohesive body of students who survived the formative years of elementary school. That special bond between people was something that resonated with me when I watched the group of friends in this dramatic war adventure film.      RETURNING TO VIET NAM AFTER MANY YEARS, four military Vets were determined to complete their mission to retrieve their buddy’s remains and a stack of gold that was left behind. The bonds between them would serve them well as they went back into the jungle. With Delroy Lindo (Malcom X, Get Shorty) as Paul, Jonathan Majors (White Boy Rick, Captive State) as David, Clarke Peters (John Wick, Marley & Me) as Otis, Norm Lewis (Winter’s Tale, Sex and the City 2) as Eddie and Isiah Whitlock Jr. (Cedar Rapids, BlackKklansman) as Melvin; the story in this movie was loaded up with several topical themes. The acting was excellent to the point I believed the 4 Viet Nam vet characters really fought together in the war. Granted I have no personal experience about being in the military during the Viet Nam war, but I found the script authentic enough for it to be believable. There were times where I felt some preaching was taking place, but it did not distract me enough to care about it. There were several scenes with blood and violence. One other positive thing about watching this movie was it reminded me how good pictures can provide viewers with things to think about afterwards.

 

3 ½ stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on June 22, 2020, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. I have very mixed feelings about this movie. I thought the visuals were great and the themes were strong and clearly communicated. I thought the performances were amazing and it was a pleasure to see four older men carrying a non-comedic movie. I thought Lindo’s performance was especially powerful. However, I thought the screenplay let the movie down. The dialogue was clunky and heavy-handed in too many scenes. While the leads had great chemistry that made me believe they were bonded over experience and many decades, the dialogue didn’t have a natural flow to it that grounded their friendships in realism.

    • Hi Laura, Thank you for taking the tie to leave your comments here. I can see what you mean and do not disagree. It was uneven in places and as I mentioned I found it forced and preachy at times.

      Once again thanks and take care.

  2. I liked it so much it prompted me to assess my ranking of Spike Lee Joints: https://jhohadli.wordpress.com/joannes-extra-ness/joannespicks Something I didn’t comment on which I think was masterfully done was the use of music… and the sequence involving the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. was probably my favourite as it’s something I don’t think I’ve seen in any of the Vietnam or other war movies I’ve seen, how to contend with the ill treatment of your people at home if you are a Black person still engaged in the war…the emotional roller coaster. The re-ranking I did reasserted in my mind that among modern American director auteurs, Spike Lee has been sinfully underrated. Where would you rank it among other Spike Lee joints?

    • Hi Joanne, thank you for taking the time to leave your comments. I am thrilled this film triggered a spark in you to take another look at your thoughts about Spike Lee. This was one of my favorites, the best to me still is BlacKkKlansman.

      Thanks again, be safe and be well.

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