Da 5 Bloods

Director: Spike Lee
Year Released: 2020
Rating: 3.5

Four Vietnam War Veterans - Delroy Lindo, Norm Lewis, Clarke Peters and Isiah Whitlock, Jr. - who haven't gotten over the death of one of their buddies, Stormin' Norman (Chadwick Boseman) go back to Saigon ... sorry, Ho Chi Minh City to find Norman's body and a stockpile of gold bars that they know are buried in the jungle.  In what's undoubtedly Mr. Lee's best movie in a long while, he gives you everything in this messy but personal effort: political diatribes, references to other Vietnam-era movies, male bonding, Dad jokes, social commentary, anti-Emperor 45 sentiment  ... before turning into a smart homage to The Treasure of the Sierra Madre when they do unearth the loot.  It never stops being engaging - even when Lee gifts himself every opportunity to go off on a tangent (now's no time for humility) - and it's aided tremendously by the blistering talent of Lindo, whose character succumbs to madness.  As the son of a Vet of That War, I think Mr. Lee has done them well and with respect.