KINGDOM OF HEAVEN (Theatrical Release USA 2005)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.9|5.0 Starsììì

 Kingdom of Heaven—interesting overall—needs an audience with a good background in the Crusade stories to appreciate the significance of this story. It loses itself due to failure to link itself strongly to culture and history. The actors are well picked. This story, however, seems complicated and the character, Balien de Ibelin (Orlando Bloom), seems to beg the question: Why is he important to the story at large? 

Storyline 

A man travels to Jerusalem to fight against its people and ends up fighting for the people who live there. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Ridley Scott for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Lisa Elizey, Branko Lustig, and Terry Needham for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Gravedigger (Martin Hancock), Priest (Michael Sheen), Balian’s Wife (Nathalie Cox), Firuz (Eriq Ebouaney), Odo (Jouko Ahola), Hospitaler (David Thewlis), Godfrey de Ibelin (Liam Neeson), Squire (Philip Gelnister), Balian de Ibelin (Orlando Bloom), Apprentice (Bronson Webb), English Sergeant (Kevin McKidd), Village Sheriff (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), Angelic Priest (Steven Robertson), Guy de Lusignan (Marton Csokas), and Imad (Alexander Siddig).

  Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. This is a movie that needs a plotline read, before going, to follow the story and to understand the significance of its story as it relates to history. 

Ben Meyers

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