Watched ‘Da 5 Bloods’ last night …

Enjoyable, on many levels. Yes, it was a weaving of certain classical films, as we had read, but it worked. OK, it is not an epic, like ‘Apocalypse Now,’ and, yes, it did have a ‘docu-film’ feel to it, at times, but maybe the theme and the age demands that. I was glued for over 2 1/2 hours: the acting superb, a relevant ending, crowned by the moving words of MLK Jr. My only criticism was the music. I would have made more of the music score, and in some scenes the music didn’t fit in with what was going on.

So, for me 4 1/2 stars … OK! **** 3/4!

As a teenager growing up in Wales in the sixties, I liked the historical reminders, since the Viet Nam war had a huge effect on my ‘growing-up.’

Muhammad Ali’s words did come flooding back: “My conscience won’t let me go shoot my brother, or some darker people, or some poor hungry people in the mud, for big powerful America … and shoot them for what? They never called me nigger. They never lynched me. They didn’t put no dogs on me. They didn’t rob me of my nationality.”

Finally, I agree with K Austin Collins – “Delroy Lindo delivers a career-high performance.”

Four Black vets returning to Vietnam when, all along, the real enemy has been back home.Sadly, some things have not changed.

The contagio that is racism persists.

BASICALLY, I LIKE A GOOD STORY TOLD WELL. AND A STORY THAT MAKES YOU THINK. IT TICKS ALL THREE BOXES.

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