[ti:Spike Lee’s Vietnam Film Is the Movie for Right Now] [by:pzw8555.cn] [00:00.00]更多听力请访问pzw8555.cn [00:00.04]American film director Spike Lee's "Da 5 Bloods" [00:04.48]has just been released on the streaming service Netflix. [00:09.12]It is a film about four African American Vietnam War veterans [00:14.64]who return to Vietnam years later. [00:18.96]Lee says there was not enough money in his Netflix budget for costly special effects. [00:26.04]But critics say the film's extraordinary creativity [00:30.72]and powerful sense of purpose can be seen as special effects, too. [00:37.48]As a filmmaker, Lee is known for having good timing. [00:43.88]That may be clearer than ever with the release of "Da 5 Bloods." [00:50.28]It comes during a growing national movement demanding racial justice [00:55.40]and an end to police brutality. [00:59.64]"Da 5 Bloods" shows powerful images of the political and social events of the 1960s. [01:08.92]The film begins with historical clips from the Vietnam War [01:13.20]and shows the experience of African American soldiers in the war. [01:19.60]In one 1968 clip, activist Bobby Seale recalls how African Americans [01:26.60]served in the Civil War and then World War II, with their freedom still not a reality. [01:35.28]"And now here we go with the...Vietnam War [01:38.60]and we still ain't getting nothing but racist police brutality..." Seale said. [01:45.56]Lee made a major change to the original "Da 5 Bloods" story, [01:50.56]written by Danny Bilson and Paul DeMeo. [01:55.28]Lee and writer Kevin Willmott changed the Vietnam veterans to be African American. [02:02.92]Lee wanted to make a Vietnam film that had not yet been made [02:07.64]-- one in which African American soldiers were the main story, not just a side story. [02:16.24]The original story had the four veterans returning to Vietnam to find buried gold. [02:23.92]In Lee's version, they are looking for gold as well. [02:27.92]But they are also looking for something else: [02:31.44]the body of their beloved army group leader, "Stormin' Norman." [02:37.20]Actor Chadwick Boseman plays Stormin' Norman in Lee's film. [02:43.48]Film lovers will notice references to other films, [02:47.36]such as Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now." [02:52.68]It is at a place named "Apocalypse Now" in Vietnam [02:56.68]that the four Veterans have drinks one night before going into the jungle. [03:03.28]"Apocalypse Now" is a real bar in present-day Ho Chi Minh City. [03:10.00]At the bar, the men discuss their experiences as Vietnam War veterans. [03:16.88]They talk about coming back from an unpopular war [03:21.28]and being called "baby killers" while also facing racial discrimination. [03:28.60]The angriest of the four veterans is Paul, played by actor Delroy Lindo. [03:36.56]Paul is a strong supporter of American President Donald Trump [03:41.32]and wears a red Make America Great Again hat. [03:46.88]He has a troubled relationship with his son, David, played by Jonathan Majors. [03:54.28]David appears in the film right before the jungle trip. [03:59.64]He then joins the group on the trip. [04:03.60]There is also the happy Melvin, played by Isiah Whitlock Jr. [04:09.60]And there is Otis, played by Clarke Peters, [04:13.80]who has an important reunion with a former lover. [04:18.64]And there is Eddie, played by New York theater star Norm Lewis. [04:24.96]Eddie is the friendly owner of several car dealerships. [04:30.48]But he is clearly hiding something behind his big smile. [04:36.32]With help from a mysterious man involved in international exports, [04:41.20]the men take a riverboat to look for the buried gold. [04:45.96]They soon find it. [04:47.88]And they find a lot of other things, too. [04:51.20]A lot goes wrong. [04:54.92]The men are not alone as the movie continues. [04:58.84]For example, there is a group of men who look for land mines. [05:04.04]There is a group of Vietnamese officers, a travel guide and a former lover. [05:10.96]There is also intense jungle heat, [05:13.96]poisonous snakes and dangerous unexploded mines. [05:20.44]The film goes between the present day and wartime flashbacks, [05:25.12]without using different makeup on the actors. [05:29.68]This is meant to make the audience understand exactly [05:33.68]how the men themselves are experiencing the flashbacks. [05:39.24]By the end of "Da 5 Bloods," audiences are likely to feel that, [05:44.60]undoubtedly, it is the right movie at the right time. [05:50.76]I'm Jonathan Evans. [05:52.92]更多听力请访问pzw8555.cn