Fifth about The Seventh

Da 5 Bloods

Da 5 Bloods: in his re-telling of a classic tale about greed (the screenwriters couldn’t even resist including a very famous line from that film), Spike Lee introduces many elements, making this one over-stuffed, overlong, preachy, and heavy-handed. Still, even if that makes the punch lose its force, his heart clearly is in the right place and this is an entertaining ride. The characters are distinguishable, but not particularly deep; one of them gets the lion share of development, but also a somewhat facile combination of characteristics. It is an intense and effective performance by Delroy Lindo. The other performers (Clarke Peters, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Norm Lewis, Jonathan Majors, Chadwick Boseman) are equally effective but have less interesting roles. The film is attractive enough, with good locations, both urban and in the jungles, all nicely captured by the lens of director of photography Newton Thomas Sigel; the film may be long, but scene-by-scene, the work of editor Adam Gough is quite good.

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