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Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
Kingdom of Heaven directed by Ridley Scott told the story of a French blacksmith named Balian who went to defend Jerusalem.
The main theme that rules the people of this time is their overwhelming commitment to religion. The people believe in above all else that God is shining on them and blessing their sides in battle. The Christians and Muslims pray to the same God, yet believe that God wants them to slaughter thousands of people of the other religion. So much blood is shed to justify there conquers. The religious interpret their holy texts to say what they want. By fighting for God, people of the time were able to rise in nobility for defending their religions.
The entire crusades seems horrible and childish in retrospect, yet thousands of years later, this is still a problem. People of different religions are still killing each other in the Middle East in the name of God. This just shows how powerful religion can be over some people. Balian at one point has the very novel, 21st century idea that Jerusalem should have room to tolerate both religions. I think that this film plays on the religious conflicts that have never gone away and are in some ways just as heated today as they were in the 1100s. I do not think that the actual Balian would be as liberal and tolerant of different ideas and religions as was implied.
The film had fantastic scenery and did a great job recreating the city of Jerusalem. The film showed beautiful architecture, and a diverse collection of people from around the world gathering in the city. Middle Easterners and Europeans mixed in this city, mostly to kill each other, but it was still interesting to see an interpretation of a global city at the time.
The love story was not very believable to me. I do not think that over the matter of a month or so, Balian would be completely over his wife whom he came to Jerusalem to defend, and become romantically involved with Sybilla. By the way, Sybilla was married to the knight Guy. In the Christian religion I'm certain that this is a sin and they committed adultery and will go to hell for it. If we are to believe that these people are good Christians than they should try to keep their clothes on and their morals in check.
This movie looked fantastic but was in my opinion not a very good movie in terms of content or acting. The lead actor Orlando Bloom who played Balian did not do a very good job convincing me that he was actually ever grieving over his wife. At most he seemed a bit upset. This movie reinforced why I think religion is pointless and destructive in nature. No one can truly interpret these holy texts that were written hundreds of years after these events were have to taken place. I do not believe that the Bible is a literal account, but more like a fable that is supposed to teach a larger lesson about being a good person, not a contract to go out and kill people that believe in other things. And the worst part of this film is that it was slow and very boring.