Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Will God Ever Forgive Us?

Many critics have given this movie a C+ like Entertainmant Weekly or a 4/5 like Empire Magazine. The Empire Magazine believes that Blood Diamond "falls maddeningly short of greatness in its final hour, partly because of an abundance of subplots." With Solomon and Archer, there is Maddy Bowen (Jennifer Connelly), who is a war reporter just in from Afghanistan, who is trying to get Archer to help her in her story about the diamond trade. The Empire Maganize also believes that her acting is "faultless", and Connelly’s presence leads to a romance that simply stores up trouble for later, in a overheated climax. I completely disagree with Empire Magazine. I believe the climax was different and was not expecting what happened to happen. Since this movie was made to tell the real stories on what was going on in Sierra Leone at that time, I believe all the little subplots and little information giving is very important. Another thing that I disagree with would be, Jennifer Connelly acting as Maddy Bowen. It was not "faultless" as Empire Magazine puts it. Sometimes I believed that Connelly character in the flim was not important. The story line on how she is starting fall for Archer, is completely irrelavant to the real story that they were trying to a accomplish.
Solomon Vandy played by Djimon Hounou, who is a a simple fisherman, who becomes the victim of a raid on his village. He is captured and by aparing his arm, he is sent to the diamond fields to work sifting for precious stones in the river. There he finds a big diamond and burys it but the captian of the rebels find out about the diamond. However he is caught by the government soliders, where in meets Archer who agrees to help him find his family in trade for that diamond. While his son is recruited as a child soldier by the rebels and has been brainwashed. A conflict he faces is that is family is nowhere to be found. Vandy then agrees to give Archer the diamond, if Acher find him his family. In the end they are all reunited with his family witht the help of Archer, Solomon keeps the diamond and trades it in for money and his family to come to London.
Dialogue is the most important part of a moive. A quote that I remembered was when Archer was talking to Maddy about him and he says, "Sometimes I wonder... will God ever forgive us for what we've done to each other? Then I look around and I realize... God left this place a long time ago." This dialogue stood out to me was because it helps the audience reliaze what is going on in this place without actually showing it. When he is saying "God left this place a long time ago" helps the audience think about what is not shown in the movie. Also, this shows that Archer, does care about making a difference in the world but since he has no help, he doesn't do anything.

8 comments:

  1. I agree the ending of the movie falls short

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  2. I agree the ending of the movie falls short

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  3. I agree with the fact that Connelly's character falling for Archer doesn't really have anything to do with the story. However, I think her writing the story was important to the ending and for the audience to better understand what was happening over there.

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  4. As much as I liked Maddy I agree with what you wrote. At some points in the story it didn't seem like she was necessary. Nothing happens with the Archer and Maddy subplot because he dies. She was necessary because without her Solomon's story would have never been released.
    You wrote a very good response and I liked you quote a lot. Nice job!

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  5. While Maddy may not have had to fall for Danny in the movie, I don't feel like it was completely unnecessary. I feel that by showing their love connection the audience of the movie was able to better understand how war challenges everyone, even if they were originally involved in it just to profit from it, like Danny was. When we think about people being depressed from war we think about the families who lived in villages that were attacked, but there are actually so many other dynamics to also consider. I know it may not have been a vital role in the movie for the two to fall in love, but I don't feel that it took away from the plot.

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  6. That quote is amazing and probably the best in the whole movie. I think it puts things into perspective when it comes to how life takes its tole in Sierra Leone. We say the quote come to life when they show the war play its role on the people and child soldiers of the native land. The transformation of innocence to violence is how the war reacts with the local people. It's a tragedy.

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  7. I wish they did a little more with the character Maddy. She played a big role, yet was not very memorable. I'm sure since critics were complaining how long the movie was, they probably had to cut her out of a few scenes...who knows

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  8. How you described Archer was really interesting. I found it interesting because it really shows what kind of a person Archer really is.

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