Spike Lee needs no introduction, known for classics like Malxolm X and Do the Right Thing. It’s safe to declare him a staple in films about cultural and racial relations, known for threading a thin line between empathetic and offensive. In turn, his films are often polarizing, with politically-charged messages that can make you question our social constructs. Surprisingly enough, he’s not much of a box office draw. However, it could have something to do with his handling of touchy subjects and daring messaging in his films. In all fairness, that’s what makes Spike Lee’s films must watch!
In 2019, Spike Lee won his first Oscar for his adapted screenplay of BlacKkKlansman, a film which he also directed. It was long overdue, being considered and uncrowned king, something that Leonardo DiCaprio surely knows about. However, what makes their Oscar awards special is the countless times they were snubbed over the years. In Spike Lee’s case, he missed out on many nominations for his early work, as they were considered too controversial and even offensive. In the same vein, Spike’s latest joint could follow suit, with Da 5 Bloods likely hitting a few nerves along it’s runtime. However, I have confidence that simply fromt he trailer, Spike Lee could be up for screenplay and cinematography. While it’s too early to tell, it seems likely.
Da 5 Bloods Honors the Untold Stories of Black Vietnam Veterans
So, what’s this Spike Lee war drama about? It’s a story about hidden treasure, buried away during the Vietnam War, only to be searched and sought after many years later by four Vietnam veterans. It’s a simple premise, yet the story tackles the immoralities of the Vietnam War and the everlasting effects it has on the people affected and involved in the conflict. In turn, these African American veterans must venture back to the grounds they thought they’d never visit again, only to find new conflict and forces awaiting them!
It’s not only the story that will get spicy, considering Spike Lee’s writing and directing, the cast is looking pretty marvelous as well! Not only will Chadwick Boseman, Van Veronica Ngo and Jasper Pääkkönen be a part of the journey, but so will Mélanie Thierry and Jean Reno. However, I’m most excited to see Delroy Lindo and Clarke Peters in this film, as I believe the casting could be the main reason this film succeeds! So, here’s to hoping for the best for the cast and crew – may the movie be as impactful as every other Spike Lee joint.
The Chambers Brothers perform the amazing tune you hear in the trailer, titled Time Has Come Today, which beautifully fits with the themes and artistry of the film. While it’s uncertain whether the song will be included in the film itself, there’s something to be said for including this excellent song in the trailer, so feel free to listen to it above.
Da 5 Bloods is set to land on Netflix on the 12th of June, 2020!