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Some One has Seen Kingdom of Heaven

Published April 11, 2005 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of 20th Century Fox
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I find it hard to believe that Ridley Scott can miss on the upcoming film Kingdom of Heaven, but early reports are starting to make me wonder. Now, these reviews are not really negative, but they do offer some complaints. Take this early Kingdom of Heaven review sent into AintitCool for example.

Kingdom of Heaven Review

Not to throw up negative hype, the review sent in about Kingdom of Heaven was actually pretty positive with only one major complaint. Early reports stated that Kingdom of Heaven, being an epic film, could have a running time at just over three hours. Well, now we have a final running time for Kingdom of Heaven set at two hours and fifteen minutes; making some wonder where the hell forty-five minutes went. So, there has definitely been some late-room editing for the film. And, in most cases, editing to shorten a film just for the sake of shortening it is never a good thing. Remember, The Lord of the Rings pulled off the long running times just fine.

Below is a snippet from the early review:

The script is certainly there, dense and reverent to both Christians and Muslims, William Monahan gives us an auspicious debut. Definitely a writer to keep an eye on, future projects include Scorsese's upcoming Infernal Affairs remake, The Departed, Tripoli and Jurassic Park IV. The plot centers on a young French blacksmith, Balian (Orlando Bloom) who numbed to life from losing his wife decides to join a crusade to the Holy Land led by his estranged father Godfrey of Ibelin(Liam Neeson).

My biggest fault with the casting can probably be guessed. To be sure, I like Orlando Bloom and I think he is a good actor with a great career ahead of him, but does he have the gravitas to carry a film like this at this point in his career? In my opinion, no. In the early sequences, when he is paired with Liam Neeson, it works. He works.

[now for the big finish]

Ultimately, I'm recommending the film based solely on some wonderful performances and the film being arguably Scott's best looking film in 20 years.

Looks pretty... interesting.

For the movie trailers, movie stills, clips, and synopsis, go to the Kingdom of Heaven Movie Page.

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