Da 5 Bloods ★★★

I have been a huge Spike Lee fan for over 30 years, and Blackkklansman was in my Top 5 of 2018 (and it was a great year). I could not have been more excited when I heard strong word of mouth on this one. But I was seriously disappointed.

I'm sure it suffered from being viewed at home where I am easily distracted and the sound wasn't right despite having a surround sound soundbar set up. It made me absolutely loathe the score which felt incredibly bombastic behind my left ear. Its length definitely didn't help especially since I felt the editing and script were really choppy. When I saw 4 people wrote it, I wondered if that was why the film felt like it was trying to do too many things. I would have cut at least 2 of the plotlines.

That said, it couldn't fit more perfectly into this moment when Americans desperately need to become more educated about Black History. This film comes off a bit didactic which is probably necessary right now. But I felt really old when people like Aretha Franklin and Edwin Moses needed photos to remind people who they were. I hope, at very least, this fills in some knowledge gaps for folks.

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