Kingdom of Heaven

Year: 2005
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Ridley Scott
Producer: Ridley Scott
Writer: William Monahan
Cast: Orlando Bloom, Liam Neeson, David Thewlis, Marton Csokas
Too little too late for Scott, Bloom and the whole thing. We've seen it all before - rousing righteousness, titanic battles and ancient settings.

It's Troy only more historically dramatic as a blacksmith (Bloom) is visited by a soldier claiming to be his father (Neeson) and who convinces him to join a quest to defend Jerusalem against the Muslim hordes of warrior king Saladin.

A lot of bloodshed, violence and shifting loyalties make a good movie - as long as we haven't seen ten similar movies in the years prior. They're all facsimiles of Lord of the Rings and they're already beyond boring.

And when I saw/endured Elizabethtown earlier this year, it made me realise it's the only film I've seen Orlando Bloom appear in where he plays a contemporary character in a modern setting. What tipped me off was his hair - he's never had a normal haircut in a film. It seems in every sword and sorcery or swashbuckling epic, there he is. The boy needs a serious talk about typecasting.

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