Kingdom of Heaven Movie

Topics: Kingdom of Heaven, Guy of Lusignan, Seattle Post-Intelligencer Pages: 4 (1323 words) Published: October 30, 2008
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The movie Kingdom of Heaven has many inaccuracies, some of these inaccuracies are for entertainment purposes and some of them are meant to give the movie a higher meaning. Many of the inaccuracies in the movie that are meant only for entertainment are typically minor. These inaccuracies are those such as the affair that Sibylla was having with Balian. This scene in the movie is inaccurate because in that day and age such a religious woman would not likely have an affair with another man, especially when her husband is a distinguished member of the court. It is though this scene was just added to give the movie that soap opera drama that many people enjoy in their movies. On the other hand there are inaccuracies that were put in the movie to express the argument, or higher meaning. These inaccuracies deal mostly with the dialogue of the movie. For example, there is a scene in which Balian is watching some Muslims pray. While watching the men he asked one of his followers who they are and what they are saying. The man responds by saying that,” they are Muslims”, and that they are saying, “Praise be to God, it is proper to praise Him”. Balian then responds by saying, “sounds a lot like our prayers” (Kingdom of Heaven). This scene is inaccurate because people’s beliefs at that time were sacred and it is not likely that they would compare their beliefs to others. This inaccuracy was added to give the idea that religion is not a factor in men being different and that all men are equal no matter what their religion. This starts to give the effect that Balian is a humanist and not a religious person. This also starts to give a little insight to the movies argument on religion. Another scene involving Balian and his humanist perspective on life, is a one in which he kills a priest. The priest tries to persuade Balian to go with his father (Godfrey) to Jerusalem and the crusades, telling him that,” If you take the crusade, you just may relieve your...

Cited: IMDb. 10 May 2006 Google. 8Dec. 2006
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Seattle Post- Intelligencer. 6 May. 2005 Rotten Tomatoes. 8 Dec. 2006

Kingdom of Heaven. Prod. Ridley Scott. Dir. Ridley Scott. Perf. Orlando Bloom, Eva Green, Jeremy Irons, David Thewlis, Brendan Gleeson, Marton Csokas, Michael Sheen. DVD, Twentieth Century Fox, 2005.
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