Well, reader, now I think I've seen pretty much everything, and I don't necessarily mean that in a bad way. In my neck of the woods, the late eighties into the nineties were a pretty strange time. Strange and very cool - no doubt about that, and "Diamond Heat" at first reminded me of a character from that era. "Ed the Sock." Good old Ed was exactly what you think he was - a cigar-smoking sock puppet with a very vulgar personality. He ended up hosting numerous specials during the MuchMusic era, and he was funny as fuck. Pardon my foul language, but the "F" bomb is the perfect descriptor for Ed, and I swear writer/director Dusty York has based his characters off of good old Ed. Well, maybe. Now, the soap opera angle is something fresh and new, and honestly? I thought it was mostly great.
In a nutshell? "Diamond Heat" reconnects with the creator and stars of an eighties soap opera sensation as if this film was a true-to-life documentary. The best of the best make the best of the best daytime television show, and now, we get to see how it all unfolded. Chalked full of lines such as, "Abby, come on! Don't be so dramatic - it's only herpes." Diamond Heat within this crazy sock puppet world was heralded as the best, and if anything is deserving of a full-length documentary, it has to be this. I did mention that these are all sock puppets, right? The gist of this review is that "Diamond Heat" is a fun little production that is as adult as it is childish. You can take that to the bank ... tonight.
So, reader, here's the thing about a film like this. "Diamond Heat" will definitely not be for everybody. With that written, however, those who watch this film will already know the type of movie it is. If they're watching, then they are obviously into comedy of this nature - and I kept this in mind when writing this review. I mean, the puppets don't look all the best; it's completely silly, and yet if you're into this, you "should" love it. Or at least "like" it. The only real complaint from me is that I felt it was too long. I feel "Diamond Heat" should have been a much shorter film. The repetitive nature mixed with the similar project angles and framing and that god-awful repetitive background music just began to wear on me after a while. Moderation is key, and for me? Had this film been shorter, I may have awarded another star.
The topics covered are all exaggerated and funny, from the multiple deaths of various directors to sexual diseases and everything in between. Dusty York has something unique in this project - of that, there is no question. Your mileage will vary depending on how much you enjoy this type of film. In my humble opinion, "Diamond Heat" ears a respectable two and a half stars.