Tonight I went and saw Invictus. (I decided to avoid homework a little longer... maybe this was a good idea, but probably not.) I thought it was pretty good. I liked the idea of the movie, but the execution wasn't great to me. The crowd scenes were repeated and were pretty fake looking a lot of the time. The acting was all very, very good I thought. Morgan Freeman is great, and Matt Damon did very well also. It wasn't so cheesy as inspirational sports movies often are, but maybe that's part of the hard-to-describe reason I didn't LOVE this movie. It just didn't really build excitement very well. I felt like it was more just a straight-forward chronicle of what happened than it was an inspirational movie. I mean, yeah it's a great story about an underdog team that won it all, but it really didn't capture the triumph of the change that nation was experiencing. I think I expect too much. It was entertaining enough, and I'm always a fan of the underdog, but I just felt like they didn't capitalize on all the elements of the story that really could have made this a GREAT film. One last note: I was weirded out by how much focus there was on his security team. I know they exemplified much of what he tried to accomplish in combining the races, but it threw me off a bit.
Anyway, Nelson Mandela was awesome and I really liked the story of Invictus, but didn't love everything about the film. It was definitely good enough for a watch though!
I decided to donate to Haiti through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints's Humanitarian Services. It's always a great option because I know that 100% of the funds go to those who need it.