That wise phrase was uttered by a Catholic bishop as the Muslim army is on the brink of storming the Walls of Jerusalem…..
We saw Kingdom of Heaven last night with my bro. He’s back in town – yeah!
Orlando Bloom looked hot as a scruffy brunette. I suppose the blonde look would have went over a wee bit delicate for this Crusade tale.
It was also neat to Dr. Julian Bashir [Alexander Siddig] from DS9 – in a pivotol role.
The Kingdom of Heaven follows the adventures of Balian of Ibelin – a simple blacksmith – into Jerusalem. He becomes a knight and takes on the responsiblity of defending the people of Jerusalem. It’s an epic story – with plenty of lectures on religious and moral obligations to the Christian faith and to all the different people of faith who live in the Holy Land. Bloom wisely keeps his mouth shut as the veteran Crusaders dispense advice on top of advice.
As soon as the film gets over it’s obligation to outline all the arguements for war and peace – the storyline kicks in….and it get’s more interesting.
Ridley Scott is a master of the violent action scenes – plenty of close-ups on gore, slashing swords, severed body parts and the slow-motion music montages that follow Balian’s battle to survive. OK – granted…I had some pretty shitty seats – front and center….and I had to crane my neck to take in everything. Despite my shitty seat – I still appreciated the fight choreography and the cinematography.
The love tangent got on my nerves…a bit…I didn’t like Sibylla – the future queen of Jerusalem. An obvious flirt with delusions of wit. But her character plays another important twist in the storyline.
I enjoyed the film – good storyline and good character development.