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‘Da 5 Bloods’: The Best Movie of the Year (So Far)

As I’m still paying tribute to the greatness of Chadwick Boseman I’m looking back at my review of his latest film, the Spike Lee Joint Da 5 Bloods. Enjoy!

I am speechless. Of course, that’s figurative because I have to write this review but…just…wow. What a movie!

I’ve seen four Spike Lee Joints now. Do the Right ThingMalcolm XBlacKkKlansman, and Da 5 Bloods, and each film has far surpassed my expectations but Da 5 Bloods just may be the most poignant of these four movies.

Spike Lee has never been one to soften his story for the casual viewer. He makes movies that leave a lasting impact on you, will teach you something and show you just how difficult is to live the black experience in America.

Da 5 Bloods is an extraordinary film and undoubtedly, in my opinion, Netflix’s greatest original movie to date. It tells the story of four Vietnam veterans (joined by one of the vets’ concerned sons played by Jonathan Majors) and their quest to venture back into Vietnam to retrieve the remains of their lost brother-in-arms (Chadwick Boseman) and the treasure worth $17 million in gold that they buried there.

What transpires over the course of two and a half hours feels like a history lesson, a social awareness campaign for soldiers’ PTSD, a testament to the ugliness of war, how money can corrupt even the best of men, and the travesties of the Vietnam War all wrapped into a dark and almost sadistic gift box of emotion. Continue reading ‘Da 5 Bloods’: The Best Movie of the Year (So Far)

My Review of ‘BlacKkKlansman’

There were quite a few films last year that was nominated for Best Picture that I wanted to see, one of them of course being, BlacKkKlansman. The film would go on to win Spike Lee’s first Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay and now that I’ve seen the movie I understand why.

BlacKkKlansman isn’t as depressing or sometimes horrifying as your typical film depicting the violent, racist acts of those in the 20th century and yet it’s all the more impactful because it brings to light the very struggles that transpire in this country on a daily basis through a true story that happened over forty! years ago.

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If you’re not familiar with the film or what it’s about let me give you a quick rundown of the movie. BlacKkKlasnman follows the true story of the first African-American police officer in Colorado Springs named Ron Stallworth and his investigation/infiltration of the Ku Klux Klan. Because he would set up meetings with members of the Ku Klux Klan on the phone he would then send fellow detective, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver) to conduct the meetings with the Ku Klux Klan in person. Hence, these two detectives singlehandedly infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan and placed themselves in the history books.

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