My mom jokingly asked me last night whether I think Leonardo DiCaprio in Blood Diamond can hold his accent. The second time through viewing it, I’m even more sure he can’t, and though I’m miffed that the film centers so much on Leo, I was again struck by the bold placement of warnings to Americans about how our diamond purchases support weapons and war.
I appreciate that the film did the opposite of shying away from such a direct assault on the consumer and the viewer, and I think it’s compelling. Another compelling portrayal is the one of child soldiers, the pain of losing a child to rebels, the drugs, the guns, the senseless killing, and the difficulty of healing such children from the violence that yields their blank stares and empty hearts. Though it’s overdone, with all its flaws, I still really appreciate the statements this movie is making and the injustices it’s exposing.