Akin Aworan (The Swinging Palm Tree Podcast) and Ashanti Omkar (film critic and journalist) return to Flixwatcher remotely to review Akin’s choice Da 5 Bloods.
Da 5 Bloods is the Netflix 2020 Spike Lee joint. Paul (Delroy Lindo – unbelievably snubbed by the Academy), Otis (Clarke Peters), Eddie (Norm Lewis), Melvin (Isiah Whitlock Jr.) and their squad leader Norman (Chadwick Boseman in one of his final roles) are the “Bloods”. A close knit squad of US Army black soldiers during the Vietnam war who after securing the site of a C.I.A plane and it’s cargo of gold, decide to bury it for themselves and in the process Norman is killed by gunfire.
Present day a landslide has made the buried treasure reachable and the remaining Bloods plus David’s son Paul head back into the jungle to Repatriate the body of Norman and retrieve their gold. Da 5 Bloods is a mixed bag, the ensemble cast is incredible – Delroy was robbed – but no effect was made to de age the actors for the flashbacks, the contribution by black US soldiers in the Vietnam war is finally recognised but there are scenes that wouldn’t be out of place in Tropic Thunder than take it from satire to farce. With a run time of over two hours and 30 minutes it’s also longer than it needs to be.
Flixwatcher and guests scored Da 5 Bloods quite highly on recommendability, less highly on repeat viewing (mostly due to the excessive runtime) and engagement (also due to the excessive runtime) to give an overall score of 3.56.
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