Tonight, PJ and I saw Invictus, Clint Eastwood‘s new film about Nelson Mandela. It stars Morgan Freeman as Mandela and Matt Damon as Francois Pienaar. The movie centers around Mandela’s use of the South African rugby team to unify his divided, post-Apartheid country. Here’s the trailer:

In sum, I’d say that I liked this movie but it probably isn’t in contention to be one of my favorite films of the year. I’ll start with what I like about it.

First and foremost, Damon is great in his role as the captain of the South African rugby team. I’m not very familiar with authentic South African accents, but Damon’s accent seemed believable to me. More importantly, it was consistent. It always drives me crazy when an actor’s dialogue comes and goes over the course of a movie (like Helen Hunt’s in As Good as It Gets).

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