Kingdom of Heaven

2005, Adventure/War, 2h 25m

191 Reviews 250,000+ Ratings

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Although it's an objective and handsomely presented take on the Crusades, Kingdom of Heaven lacks depth. Read critic reviews

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Still in grief over his wife's sudden death, village blacksmith Balian (Orlando Bloom) joins his long-estranged father, Baron Godfrey (Liam Neeson), as a crusader on the road to Jerusalem. After a perilous journey to the holy city, the valiant young man enters the retinue of the leprous King Baldwin IV (Edward Norton), which is rife with dissent led by the treacherous Guy de Lusignan (Marton Csokas), who wishes to wage war against the Muslims for his own political and personal gain.

Cast & Crew

Orlando Bloom
Balian of Ibelin
David Thewlis
Hospitaller
Marton Csokas
Guy de Lusignan
Liam Neeson
Godfrey of Ibelin
Ed Norton
King Baldwin
Kevin McKidd
English sergeant
Jon Finch
Patriarch of Jerusalem
Ulrich Thomsen
Templar master
Iain Glen
Richard Coeur de Lion
Tim Barlow
Old Guard
William Monahan
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Janty Yates
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Branko Lustig
Executive Producer
Lisa Ellzey
Executive Producer
Perry Needham
Executive Producer
John Mathieson
Cinematographer
Dody Dorn
Film Editor
Arthur Max
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  • Sep 20, 2012
    (I'm reviewing the Director's Cut, I hadn't seen the original, nor do I have a clue of what was put onto the theatrical cut, so I'm judging the movie for what it is) A very nice and detailed take on the Crusades, both on an emotional level, on the themes it shows and just on the plain spectacularity of the art direction. Each character on the story have enough depth to affect outcomes towards the last act of the movie and that is a really good thing to see on a movie with such scale and with such a huge budget, nothing feels rushed and everything has a nice resolution. Not only do the actors do a good job on portraying these characters but Scott's eye for detail also helps to tell the story on a visual level like he has never done before. The themes of tolerance towards religion might seem a bit heavy handed but I actually read them as a message towards tolerance in general and that is showcased with the vast cast and their interactions. It falls a bit on not adding a bit more depth to other interesting themes to be explored given the context but all is in favor of the story. It's a bit of a shame but what you have is gold and further viewings could help to improve the movie. It also stalls a bit towards the middle section when Bloom's character reaches Jerusalem and tries to find it's place in there. I felt it was a bit aimless and unnecessary, nevertheless the way the city is shown is truly glorious, blending perfectly detailed set designs and CGI. A fantastic visual work from Scott on top form, with each frame being something stupendous to look at, never forgetting it's core message and never mistaking forced spectacularity for storytelling.
    Francisco G Super Reviewer
  • Jul 14, 2012
    Ridley Scott takes it slow and steady with <i>Kingdom of Heaven</i>.<p>It is no secret that this film goes to great lengths to tell its story. The run time, for one, is a massive 3 hours. It isn't a quick sit through, nor does it feel like it with only a moderate pace. On the other hand, the costumes and set design are visually pleasing. When it comes to the story, there isn't a whole lot that can be deemed unnecessary, as most of it does fit nicely together.</p><p>The violence is bloody and the action is as it should be. Nothing fancy when it comes to the choreography; just large clashes, especially in the final hour.</p><p>The cast is solid. The supporting roles tend to outshine Orlando Bloom, but since the characters come and go, it is Bloom that ends up with the most to deliver. The likes of Eva Green, Jeremy Irons, and David Thewlis are just a few of the standouts throughout the picture.</p><p><i>Kingdom of Heaven</i> isn't a masterpiece, but it is a recommendable picture if one has 3 hours to spare.</p>
    JY S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    A exceedingly good film, it was true, dramatic, and amazing. Orlando Bloom mightve been a wrong choice, but the rest of the cast was perfect in their roles, espically Edward Norton. This movie had an amazing plot, characters, and historical accuracy. On the bonus the action was awesome too, Kingdom of Heaven is a must see.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 19, 2011
    A little slow in places, Overlong but Orlando Blooms performance is brilliant and with some good battle scenes it makes it worth the watch.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer

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