Sigh men, sometimes they frustrate the hell out of me. I been reading terrific reviews about the Queen (97% positive at rottentomatoes.com), so I asked my guy friend J whether he wanted to go see it with me.
J: The Queen? No, I would rather not.
Me: Why not? It got fantastic reviews, I'm pretty sure it will be really good.
J: It's weird to watch a movie like that with another guy.
Me: Why? It's not like it's the Lake House, that would be weird. This is a intriguing drama about a woman who had to struggle with her grief caused by the sudden death of her daughter-in-law and still having to maintain a calm composed demeanor to the public. Would it kill you to watch one movie where no one dies from a gunshot wound? Must someone die a violent death in every movie we see to satisfy your blood lust?
Unfortunately my sermon failed to move him, and we ended up watching Blood Diamond, which was actually way better than I thought it would be. It's about the brutal exploitation of the people and resources of Sierra Leone by the diamond industry. If you liked Hotel Rwanda then this is something you should watch, although this movie is definitely more Hollywood-ish, the numerous against-all-odds escapes some of the characters went through just seemed rather unrealistic.
However, it is still a very moving picture, and the message it conveys is very real. DiCaprio has really transformed himself in this movie and The Departed, he's no longer the annoyingly cute guy he used to be. After it ended, I did wonder to myself just how many diamonds that is in the local market now are actually gained from such illegal and exploitative means. My guess would be a fair share.