First Glance: “Da 5 Bloods”


Whether you’re a fan or not, everyone seems to pay attention when a new Spike Lee movie comes around. Personally, I find him to be incredibly talented behind the camera yet a bit hit-or-miss when it comes to end results. For me the question is always whether he’ll get too heavy-handed and preachy or get out of the way and trusts his material and direction to do the talking.

After seeing the first trailer for his new Netflix film “Da 5 Bloods” those questions still linger. At the same time his knack for provocative storytelling and shrewd visual style is on healthy display in this first look. It seems like four Army vets head back to Vietnam to retrieve a crate of gold bars they hid during the war. Questionable motives, unquestionable heroism, painful flashbacks, and plenty of commentary – the trailer is crammed packed with all of that and more.

“Da 5 Bloods” is set to drop June 12th on Netflix. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

8 thoughts on “First Glance: “Da 5 Bloods”

  1. Sign me up. I am right there with you regarding Spike Lee’s heavy-handedness. He definitely can come on too strong sometimes but when he steps back a little he ends up with the occasional BlackKklansman, stories that are about potent subjects but are also hugely entertaining because of his unique approach.

  2. He is hit/miss but even his misses are more interesting than other people’s films. If you’re going to miss, at least miss on your own terms.

    Having really enjoyed BlackKklansman and his most recent short film in tribute to the essential workers of New York City, I was eager to see what he was going to do as he said the 2 films that inspired him are The Treasure of Sierra Madre and Apocalypse Now. Based on that trailer, it’s obvious he has used those 2 films as a basis for what he wants to do as it does look really interesting as well as being something that is adventurous with some things he need to say. I’m in.

    • You’re right. There are definitely more than two influences at work. I’m anxious to see how this one turns out. Lots of potential. Really intriguing cast as well.

  3. Pingback: First Glance: “Da 5 Bloods” — Keith & the Movies | First Scene Screenplay Festival

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