I think I read the same review that you read. The movie was a little long but It had a lot of information to cover so it needed to be long. I don't agree with the critics on that.
I thought the movie wasn't that long but explains what is going on
I agree with you that I thought the critiques were a bit harsh on the movie. I also didn't really think about the movie being long because it was broken up for us. I see your point in agreeing that if we would have sat there or the whole movie in a day it could have been a bit long. I like how you chose Solomon as your character to study. I didn't use him for mine and you did a good job at showing his struggles and hard times.
As you pointed out that critics pointed out that the movie was too long and how you and the critics believe the movie would be too long if saw it in one sitting. However, I would disagree with you and I believe that the length of the movie was good and it did get the point across of how violent diamond trading is. I believe if the movie was shorter, they would have not done a good of a job as they did to get thier point across to the viewer. I agree with you when you say the movie was easy to understand and to the point. The director did a good job in doing that.
The part where Soloman was at the gate talking to his family stuck out to me too. I also couldn't imagine going to see my family and see that somebody had been taken away and not knowing they are safe and still alive.
I agree with you that I felt that the critics were harsh on the movie. I also have to agree with the critics with some of the weakness because the movie was a bit long and felt it was dragged. Solomon Vandy was the character i chose as well for the same reason. He had the hardest time in the story. he had to overcome many obstacles. He had to find his family, help Archer to find the diamond and others. The conversations between Solomon ansd his family was filled with emotions. i could definitely image what was going inside Solomon's mind. It would have been heart breaking for him to hear about his son for whom he had so many hopes.
I completely agree with you about feeling that overall the critics were too harsh with their reviews on the movie. I'm not even a fan of history or anything relating to it, and I thought this movie did a good job of keeping me interested in something that would not normally be able to keep my attention. I also agree with you about the length of it. I definitely didn't feel that it was too long, but I guess if I had to watch it all in one sitting it may begin to drag on and feel too lengthy. Lastly, I agree with you that the theme may be considered "basic" to some, but if it wasn't I don't feel that I would have been able to follow along as well as I did.
I completely disagree with the critics. I think the movie being that long is essential to develop all the characters. Plus they showed the story unravel from 3 different perspectives: Soloman, Archer, and Dia. All of the characters were relevant to the over all story which kept the story engaging no matter what character was speaking.
i agree Alexis Solomon Vandy definitely had to overcome the most in the movie from being separated from his family to almost being killed for the diamond he found