Although I was on sight to see the cast filming in Africa two/three years ago, I did not see this movie until a few nights ago. I was in the midst of a “what to watch now” moment in which I desperately wanted to see something new for me. Blood Diamond happened to be there and I remembered seeing Leo & Jennifer filming it.
I didn’t know what to expect from this movie, but I was pleasantly surprised throughout the lengthy story. It was no as gore-filled as it could have been. This fact helped me to enjoy it even more. I wasn’t drawn to it for Leo’s bod in the hotel scene, but rather his character’s ability to appear nonchalant about his situation. In the end it took one simple man and an American journalist to change Danny Archer’s life. Jennifer Connelly’s role was not huge in the scheme of things, but she played an important part in the development of Archer. She ends up being his reason for living the right way. He seems to go through challenges where he could easily fall back on his old ways, but instead he chases after Solomon’s son, he steals the diamond only to release it in the end. He tries to do the right thing when he has not been brought up that way.
In the scene where Maddy and Danny are drinking and talking on the porch I swore that Archer would be trying to fool the journalist into a kiss or something, but his breakdown was real. The comfort in Maddy’s touch was real. If only, but then again as they say in the movie TIA and for Maddy and Danny it means, ‘in another life.’
All in all this film is breathtaking for the beauty of the scenery and actual land that was shot in the making. The cameraman work to make you feel your own heart race as the characters run from rebels and gunmen. The shot of Maddy eating in Cape Town when she receives the call is simply beautiful. There is so much going on around her, almost as if life continues to function in a civilized manner while all the insanity is going on a few countries away. Then of course the symbolism of Danny holding the sand is sweet enough.
The movie was important to understand the world that existed and in some parts of the world still does exist for these people. The message does not get lost in the movie, which could have been like so many other socially conscious ones of the past. I think the cast knew that this was an important story to tell as evident with the casting of Danny Archer. Leonardo Dicaprio picks (for the most part) movies that change people’s outlooks or ideas on a subject matter. That, or movies that impact someone’s life not just for a few hours, but even after the credits roll.
You should watch it if you missed it when it was out.
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