It is the time of the Crusades during the Middle Ages - the world shaping 200-year collision between Europe and the East. A blacksmith named Balian has lost his family and nearly his faith. The religious wars raging in the far-off Holy Land seem remote to him, yet he is pulled into that immense drama. Amid the pageantry and intrigues of medieval Jerusalem he falls in love, grows into a leader, and ultimately uses all his courage and skill to defend the city against staggering odds. Destiny comes seeking Balian in the form of a great knight, Godfrey of Ibelin, a Crusader briefly home to France from fighting in the East. Revealing himself as Balian's father, Godfrey shows him the true meaning of knighthood and takes him on a journey across continents to the fabled Holy City. In Jerusalem at that moment--between the Second and Third Crusades--a fragile peace prevails, through the efforts of its enlightened Christian king, Baldwin IV, aided by his advisor Tiberias, and the military ...Written by
Sujit R. Varma
At any given time during production, there were seven different departments working separately, as off-shoots of the Props Department: the Smalls Department (kept all the small props together), the Drapes Department (made anything involving fabrics), the Dyeing Department (aged props as needed), the Paint Department (painted the props), the Model-making Department (made anything that could not be built to scale), the Leather Department (made anything of leather), the Woodwork Department (made all the furniture and wooden props), and the Metal Work Department (made all metal props). See more »
In the film, King Baldwin IV (Edward Norton) wears an iron mask to hide the horrific signs of his leprosy, but the real Baldwin IV "refused to hide himself as king even as the disease consumed him". See more »
Masterpiece.. Just make sure you choose the DIRECTORS CUT
Firstly I think its important I mention that there are two Kingdom of Heaven's and that they are entirely different films.
I first watched the theatrical version and whilst I loved the film, it was obvious that it was missing a fair bit of weight. The theatrical version is like a trailer for the directors cut, it shows most of the key bullet points yet it doesn't fill the holes nor does it do a good job at conveying the overarching morality of the characters and the plot.
Kingdom of Heaven (DIRECTORS CUT) is without a doubt one of the most beautifully made and crafted films from the complex crusade era. It intertwines the wintry scenery of England with the barren aridness of Jerusalem and yet all the while you are not being influenced by the scenery but rather the morality of the characters who travel through Europe in search of their own purpose for life.
Orlando Bloom nails his role as a broken hearted son who is given a 'second chance' by his high statued father. The director does very well at illustrating Orlando Blooms sin whilst making it clear to the viewer that this is a man who inherently would choose to make the world a better place. There are incredible cameo's from a host of lesser known actors (David Thewlis and Jeremy Ions) and Eva Green is absolutely captivating and layered in her Queen of Jerusalem role.
The film is full of strong acting performances backed up by a very thoughtful script. There are some conversations between characters that will make you want to review the entire film again just to revisit the sheer poetry in the dialogue. I feel like the film does a very good job at sending the viewer back to an earlier time, and the costume/sets are outstanding.
10/10. Do not miss this epic. Just make sure it's the DIRECTORS CUT
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