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Kingdom of Heaven

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

What we should have seen

No matter what is done with the film it will never be a perfect movie. It is still historically incorrect. However, the director's cut does improve the story, the missing plot lines fill in all of the holes and the battle scenes are much better than before, plus they re...
No matter what is done with the film it will never be a perfect movie. It is still historically incorrect. However, the director's cut does improve the story, the missing plot lines fill in all of the holes and the battle scenes are much better than before, plus they really pulled out the stops when it comes to the extra features, so based on those reasons i will give it a five.

posted by Anonymous on October 1, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

3 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

a poor, pseudo-historical, and dogmatic film

All in all, this movie was a crass attack on Christianity (particularly Roman Catholicism), and indeed, religion in general, veiled as a poor, pseudo-historical "account" of the events leading to the Third Crusade. Crusading rhetoric was misrepresented (to a degree), t...
All in all, this movie was a crass attack on Christianity (particularly Roman Catholicism), and indeed, religion in general, veiled as a poor, pseudo-historical "account" of the events leading to the Third Crusade. Crusading rhetoric was misrepresented (to a degree), the leading character's identity is preposterously (and inaccurately) developed, Saladin was shown in an unduly righteous and virtuous manner (considering the actual history), the common Christians in Jerusalem were incorrectly shown as witless sheep, the Catholic clergy were improperly categorically damned as hypocritical, warmongering cowards, the Templars were grossly misrepresented--shall I continue? The only redeeming qualities of this movie were the soundtrack (mostly its Gregorian components) and the portrayal of King Baldwin IV the Leper. As the leading current British historian of the Crusades, Jonathan Riley-Smith, described it--and he would know far better than I--it is the Saddam/bin Laden version of the Crusades and will only serve the interests of the enemies of Western civilization. Had Balian given such a speech in real life as he does in this film, the crowd would not have cheered him, but rather roasted him at the stake, without the need of any encouragement by the local clergy.

posted by Anonymous on October 1, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hollywood Fodder

    The movie tires to be epic with giant battles, "epic" acting, a score with big orchestral drums, cruel villains, and righteous heroes. All the Villains sneer, speak with gruff "arr matie" pirate voices, and spew scorn. The story is rushed with hardly enough development to make the motivations realistic. Bloom's motivation for the quest is paper thin and he arrives at Jerusalem in a high stature that he never earns. Supposedly we've seen him blossom from a smithy in his home town to a knight in high regard, but I must have blinked during those scenes. Eva Green's character exists only to provide the movie with a female character. She serves no purpose and mostly we see her peering off forlornly through eye shadow onto the various battlefields conveniently outside her bedroom window. Big "epic" battles take place without any real explanation. Some scenes are idiotic. A commander marches his army without water into the desert to fight an entrenched enemy. Bloom gains the tactical upper hand using implausible tactical methods. Men feigning fealty are allowed near enemy rulers close enough with blades long enough to reach their necks. This movie was contrived, poorly written, over acted, rushed, and pointless.

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