Kingdom of Heaven (2005)

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Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
  • Time: 144 min
  • Genre: Action | Adventure | Drama
  • Director: Ridley Scott
  • Cast: Orlando Bloom, Eva Green, Liam Neeson

Storyline:

An epic adventure about a common man who finds himself thrust into a decades-long war, a stranger in a strange land. He serves a doomed king, falls in love with an exotic forbidden queen, and rises to the knighthood. Ultimately, he must protect the people of Jerusalem from overwhelming forces while striving to keep a fragile peace.

One review

  • I have to say that, without a doubt, this is the best film I own and makes for an inspiring and up-lifting watch. The film’s hero is a French commoner, a blacksmith by trade and illegitimate by birth. It is a classic rags-to-riches storyline and gives a reminder of the opportunities offered to all by the Holy Land. If our hero is slightly too much of a perfect knight to be believable in this day and age then it only stresses the extremes of good and righteousness to which some Knights took the vows they had taken. Though the film also shows how men could break all their knightly vows and abandon all that is good for their own personal gain…

    Guy of Lusignan is portrayed as the evil villain that will do all in his power to instigate war and strife in the Holy Land, hiding behind the name of religion to gain more power for himself.

    What is refreshing is that throughout the film, however lured time and again to do evil for the ‘greater good’, he remains the perfect knight until the end and watches in sorrow as Guy’s lust for power and glory pushes the land into a time of battles and bloodshed.

    The film also offers room for some debate as to whether committing sin for the ‘greater-good’ is better than being the perfect knight and preserving your name and honor.

    The movie has some truly spectacular battle-scenes and, though not sticking at all times to History, provides an insight into how far man can go to strive for justice and honor in a land in which many seem to have forgotten these values.

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