Kingdom of Heaven
EIt’s been several years since the award winning film Gladiator directed by Ridley Scott but he is back and he directs another epic drama, Kingdom of Heaven. The year is 1180 A.D. and Orlando Bloom plays a blacksmith whose wife has just died when a stranger played by Liam Neeson rides into town. After the stranger tells him he is the blacksmiths father they ride off together to Jerusalem to fight the Muslims in a holy war. This film is a nice mix of drama and action with colorful costumes, exclusive locations and huge battle scenes. Of course I’m blind and I couldn’t enjoy any of those high points. I can hear though and I did notice Bloom and he doesn’t have a strong enough screen presence to be a lead actor in a two and one half hour movie and it pulls down the whole film. In fact he had to gain 20 pounds for the role and he should have just gained another 20 pounds and played Santa Clause. This is not a fantastic or a terrible film depending on what you may have heard but I’m splitting it down the middle with a C rating.
This movie has been given a R rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.