January 23, 2007 | 1 Comment
Leo DiCaprio Isn’t Such A Wanker Anymore
As everyone knows, Tuesday is Movie Night, and the other night me and The Girlfriend (sorry, The Girlfriend and I) went to catch Blood Diamond. Not usually a big Leonardo DiCaprio fan but I had heard some good things from people I trust, and so went along with an open mind. After watching it, let me say, believe the hype. In fact, to steal a line from The 40-Year-Old-Virgin:” I always thought that Leonardo DiCaprio was like a Streisand, but he’s rocking the shit in this one!”
He plays a total badass by the name of Danny Archer, or “Denny Orcher” as he calls himself, in his near flawless South African accent. The movie can best be described as an action flick with a conscience. It centres around conflict diamonds, specifically a rare and valuable “pink diamond”. I didn’t really know much about conflict diamonds until that Kanye West song, “Diamonds Are Forever / Diamonds of Sierra Leonne”. This movie is also based in Sierra Leonne, which sounds like the real arsehole of Africa, with people seemingly getting their limbs chopped off on a daily basis. (Well, in the 90′s anyway, that’s when the movie is set)
DiCaprio is well supported by Djimon Hounsou, who plays a heroic father trying to find his son, as well as Jennifer Connelly, a goody-two-shoes American journalist who tags along for the ride. The movie is just over two hours long, but I was able to sit through it quite comfortably, even though I tend to have a short attention span, so that should tell you something. Do yourself a favour and check it out. It’s certainly no cinematic masterpiece like “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” or “Old School”, but it’s worth a night out.