Da 5 Bloods Reviews

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June 30, 2020
There's a lot of cinematic gear grinding in this clunky, ill-formed brick of a film...When it comes to making his Big Important Points, Spike Lee thunders away in so grandiose a manner they reek of being force-injected afterthoughts.
June 22, 2020
The thing is that the method Spike [Lee] chooses to deliver his messages doesn't always work. Most of the time it ends up feeling forced and preachy. [Full Review in Spanish]
June 22, 2020
But for this viewer at least, there are just too many different strands and styles to make for a satisfactory whole.
June 19, 2020
More loaded than sweet smelling, this latest Spike Lee joint surrounds an outrageous Vietnam War narrative with social injustice, plenty of great Marvin Gaye, and simply just too many wild and crazy moments of chit-chat.
June 19, 2020
Even this film - an attempt at exposing the racial politics of a war in which a white establishment sent black men to kill Asians - cannot get away from committing cinematic sins of the type that plague too many war films.
June 18, 2020
One of the silliest and most pretentious movies I've had to endure in the past few years. [Full Review in Spanish]
June 17, 2020
This everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach can be his strength, but while Da Five Bloods doesn't entirely lack heat, it never really gets cooking.
June 15, 2020
Da 5 Bloods struggles under the weight of its own ambition, and although plenty of Lee's signature stylistic choices are present, it's so long and overcomplicated that we can't help but feel it isn't as impactful of a film as it could've been.
June 12, 2020
Lost in so much bombast is the kind of story about its main characters' lives that could've affirmed Spike Lee's critique of America.
June 12, 2020
In Da 5 Bloods, as in many of Lee's lesser works, the patchwork recipe of plot and didacticism seems less purposeful, throwing a different narrative or aesthetic dart in every scene (sometimes multiple times per scene) and seeing what hits, if anything.
June 12, 2020
Lee's like an old boxer who remembers his game, but telegraphs his punches and bores you to death talking about the punches he's about to throw.
June 12, 2020
"...best when Lee's hand is most clearly visible - the fluctuating aspect ratios, the Hanoi Hannah recreation, the Milton Olive lesson."
June 11, 2020
Lee has a way of juggling multiple ideas within his films, but to use a war metaphor, he's fighting on too many fronts -- trying to service the story and subplots while fleshing out the historical context.
June 11, 2020
It's not incoherent so much as stuffed with subtexts and ideas, both visual and written, which bubble up out of control and distract from the pulpy mechanisms driving the rather straightforward plot.
June 11, 2020
That narrative is meandering and overextended across a bloated 154-minute running time, shifting from a meditation on nostalgia and regret into a chaotically staged action thriller, with plenty of grandiose pontificating along the way.
June 11, 2020
This movie may be timely, but it won't age well over time
June 10, 2020
Boseman, as Norm, gives such a forceful yet controlled performance, you can see why his men would believe in him like that. It's a shame there's not much else in "Da Five Bloods" to merit such belief.
June 10, 2020
Everything about it is off, except for Lee's instinct for the social and political moment.
June 10, 2020
A ragged, rambling and occasionally careless movie where tangents and observations are far more compelling than the whole.
June 10, 2020
Lee has always been a wonderfully unpredictable and maddeningly inconsistent filmmaker. "Da 5 Bloods" has some of his best and worst hallmarks: Deep-reaching themes and a strong social conscience, but also a preachy streak and a lack of focus.
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