Spike Lee's new joint (streaming on Netflix) is a must watch. It may be Spike's best film, and it also may be the most accurate Vietnam movie ever made. But what it is most of all is a moving and vibrant portrayal of the damage war can do, especially on the black men who fought it. If Delroy Lindo does not win an Oscar for this performance then I don't know what an Oscar-winning performance looks like. The casting across the board is impeccable, and the acting superb. If you were alive during the Vietnam War, if you served or know someone who did, you will recognize the characters in this movie. I know several of these people in real life. The depiction here is right on. Like all Spike Lee films this one can feel at times a bit too "preachy." Spike likes to hammer "The Message" just as much as to tell the story. He needs to realize that when the message is PART of the story he makes it more effectively than when he just hits you in the face. I don't know if the history lesson at the beginning or the support of Black Lives Matter at the end were always part of the movie or if they were tacked on to suit today's moment, but they felt a bit tacked on. Not out of place, but added. The Terrence Blanchard score feels corny and unnecessary. The Marvin Gaye music was FAR more appropriate and effective. The homage paid to films like Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Apocalypse Now, Indiana Jones and Rambo (and there were likely others) provide needed humor breaks and help make another point about endless war and history not being only in the past. I loved the way the flashback scenes were handled. The first one made me scratch my head at first but as soon as I realized the device, it made perfect sense. In fact I'd say that is sort of true for the entire film: as soon as you just relax and accept the Spike Lee devices and formula and roll with it, the film becomes much more enjoyable. Much has been made about the fact the Delroy Lindo's character is a Trump supporter and wears a MAGA hat that sort of becomes a character on its own in the film, and that it seems contrived so Spike Lee can make an anti-Trump statement. I thought it was not contrived at all and the whole thing felt right in character. It also makes a strong point about just how damaged a black man has to be to wear the MAGA hat. I thought it was used perfectly. Is this a top-ten movie of all time? Probably not. But it's in the top ten of movies I've seen recently, and maybe right at the top. 5 stars.