Review of Kingdom of Heaven by Royalscot
The Kingdom of Heaven was a very thought provoking movie, although it was was dished up hollywood style and the Director, Ridley Scott is a very acclaimed Director and I suppose it needed to be put in a fashion that will captivate audiences to keep their attention on the subject of the Frankish Kingdom of Jerusalm. The Characters were true, or did exsist in history.
The Book, The Crusades by Zoe Oldenbourg, printed by Pantheon, could shed more light on this interesting subject of history. The movie was but a shell of the real truth about the continous turmoil that existed in that part of the world at that time. Mr Scott would have done well to focus on the relationship between Byzantium and the Kingdom and then the relationship between the Muslims and the Franks. I guess the behind the scenes plots, intrigues, and alliances that weakened the Kingdom could not have been explained in a hour and a half movie. Saladin, was betryed as a heathen but in reality was very compassionate towards the vanquished, wheather by design or native feelings he was very chivalrous, with the exception to the Templers and the Hospitalers, citing that they would never surrender and would continue to cause problems.
On the whole, the movie was very entertaining, very well written for Hollywood spin and well directed. The dialogue could have been clearer, but over all well done. History has a very important place in our understanding of ourselves and the world.