There have been dozens of Vietnam War films, but none like Da 5 Bloods, Spike Lee’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning hit BlacKkKlansman. Its distinction comes down to who the movie is about – four Black friends who travel back to Vietnam as older men to retrieve the remains of a fellow soldier who died there during the war – and who’s telling the story. Bookending the film with historical footage and the words of vehemently anti-war activists Muhammad Ali and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Lee was determined to examine the immorality and folly of America’s Indochina excursion through a Black perspective – something his cast says has never been done before. Ahead of the movie’s release on Netflix, Rotten Tomatoes Editor Jacqueline Coley spoke with Lee about his ambitions for and approach to the story, and with cast members Delroy Lindo, Jonathan Majors, Norm Lewis, Clarke Peters, and Isiah Whitlock Jr. about cinema’s ongoing fascination with Vietnam, working with Lee, and what they hope audiences will take away from his unique and audacious new film.Da 5 Bloods premieres on Netflix on June 12, 2020.
the Mind Stone. Now that we know that encounter was not quite what Wanda or Hydra believed — and that she had powers all along — that potential tie to the Aether may prove true.(Photo by Marvel Studios - episode 104)Or, the color scheme may be an coincidence. But considering the purple hue of Agatha s powers, and the yellow energies Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) often commands, we believe the chromatics of magic will contain a deeper meaning after next week s finale.But that still leaves us with Agatha s ultimate aim. The flashback at the start of the episode suggests an involuntary need to consume magic; which would make her a less of a villain — and more like Wanda — if it is something she does not control. As we suggested earlier, it is still possible she is playing at being an evil witch to help Wanda finally process her grief. She could also be genuinely afraid of what a Scarlet Witch can do or believes the Chaos Magic will allow her access to the Nexus of All Realities. Well, provided the Nexus commercial last week was really her invention.As it happens, Agatha s comic book history offers a few hints to her ambiguous morality. Though typically allied with heroes like the Fantastic Four, she allowed the 17th-century Salem witch trials to occur as it would cull the witch ranks of weaker elements. Her sometimes shadowy aims led to conflicts with some of the Marvel heroes, but her goals were never villainous. Curiously, though, in Marvel s Ultimate Universe, she is really the Dragon-of-Seven who destroyed Atlantis. Another name for the creature: the Hydra.Which, despite everything we learned this week, still makes her the wildcard. Is she the bad guy or is it, ultimately, Hayward who presents the true antagonism here?(Photo by Marvel Studios - episode 105)Since were already asking questions, let s just add these to the pile as we wait for the finale:• Who is fake Pietro?• How d that fight with Monica go?• Is there still room for Mephisto to appear at this point?• What other obstructions are keeping New Vision from getting home?• Are the twins real or just part of the Hex?• Is Jimmy waiting patiently at the border for a positive outcome?Hopefully, we ll get some concrete answers to these questions along with that often-teased special guest cameo next week.New episodes of WandaVision premiere on Fridays on Disney+.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.