Kingdom of Heaven (UK-US, 2005)

I’m in a run of post-9/11 films. There’s no doubt in my mind that Christians come out worst in this (and a good thing that is too with Islam being demonised by many) but as for it being Osama Bin Laden’s version of history?! That charge is pure right wing propaganda. Actually atheism comes out best of all in this fascinating film. Too wordy to be a blockbuster – cost $130m according imdb – and so it’s no surprise it was a major flop. Doesn’t start off with an action grabbing sequence and one of the major battles isn’t shown. Restraint is the key and maybe its weakness is Bloom, who struggles to offer the charisma required in the role. (DVD)


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