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Disappointing! Not what I expected. Average.
I guess I just expected too much before I watched this film. I am a student of medieval history, the crusades, and the Templars and I expected an intelligent film (which Ridley Scott usually produces). What I saw was an anti-war "epic" wanna-be. The acting was OK. The battle scenes decent. The editing and camera work well done. The problem was the story. Historically, the film was surprisingly accurate, but the characters were not believable in this time period; specifically Orlando Bloom's character. It was like a 20th (or now 21st) century man thrown in to a world of political, religious and social disorder. The time of the crusades was one of fanaticism based on beliefs that the only way to heaven was by being absolved of sin; the catholic church in their greed to rule the world, set out in a bloody conquest to destroy the Jews and Muslims in the Holy Land and the only way that they could get commoners to participate was to promise that heaven awaited them on the other side. This was the dark ages (called that because it was before the age of enlightenment), a time when most people couldn't read, and even if they could, didn't have anything to read because everything was in latin, including the bible. People had to believe what the pope told them. If they didn't believe the pope, they had to do what their feudal lords told them to do (because the lords would have them arrested, killed, homeless, wifeless or childless if they didn't). Essentially, this film tries to prove that men had free will in the dark/middle ages and history proves that this is not possible. Just as we cannot understand what it was like to live during the revolutionary war, the civil war, the hundred years war, or any other war from a previous time period, we cannot understand the massive, sweeping lack of power possessed by the individual during the time of the crusades. Only monarchs and clergy had power at this time and only they had the potential for understanding the political, religious climate of the day. Even educated people of the time were stupid in the world of international relations because everything back then was based on personal greed, personal gain of the church and the monarchs. Now, so far as those of you who claim that the movie is christian bashing, let me say this. DO SOME RESEARCH!!! The dark ages was a horrible time for the church, the catholic church especially. The church was controlled by evil men with agendas that did not include glorifying God. Heresy and Simony were rampant in and out of the church. OK, so you don't care about the accuracy, and you just want a good action movie that takes place in the dark ages. Well then, this movie is for you. It actually was a good movie with good acting and a good script. The problem that I have is that it just isn't believable with what I know about the time period. Had I not known about the time period, I probably would have rated the film higher. So, in the end, what you have with this is a film that seems to be trying to make a point; that war is pointless. WELL, WE KNOW THAT. LOOK AT IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. What I don't understand is why this movie was made. It is entertaining, but at what cost. It does nothing to explain the period, the mistakes of the past. It is propaganda. I know, I expect too much. I will grant you that. Do what you will with this review, but I was let down by this movie. Too bad, really. It could have been a great movie.
Kingdom of Heaven
This is a good/excellent movie that occurs in the 12th century involving the Crusades from Europe [France] to Jerusalem. The movie has historical implications with exciting battle scenes -- mainly between the Crusaders and Muslims. The attacks by the Muslims on the city of Jerusalem is awesome; quite different from what I expected. Excerpts from the film personnel, in my 2-disk set, related how massive this movie was. In conclusion, this is more of an 'action' movie and is recommended if the viewer likes battles, siege scenes, and impressive graphics. I liked this movie and it met my expectations.
This is one of my all time favorite movies and I never get tired of watching it. It has action, drama, romance, war, and good lead characters. It is based somewhat loosely on actual events although when I Googled it, there were some differences in factual events that occurred (or didn't occur) in the movie version. Either way, great movie.
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This is one of my favorite movies, love the horses and Orlando Bloom
A movie you could watch over and over
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This Movie Rocks!!
Kingdom of Heaven is an excellent movies because it has a lot of action and drama in it. There is no language at all to take away from the story line. The one thing I did not like is that you really have to pay attention and watch or you will get lost in the film. This is hard to do with a little one running around, but all in all I would recommend this movie to anybody who likes history and medevil type films. I decided to buy it because I wanted to make sure I did not miss ANYTHING.