Last night we (growth-group/g-group/’wild men on fire’) watched the Kingdom of Heaven movie. I’ve caught the last third of the movie a handful of times, but this move in particular you really miss a lot if you haven’t seen the earlier scenes… it really brings it all together.
including some clips from Director’s Cut:
3 Great Battles and Scenes videos:
Have you seen this? What do you think?
NOTE: if you haven’t watched the movie, but plan to, you may want to hold off on reading the rest since I’m totally going to describe some scenes, thus potentially spoiling the movie.
It seemed that there was a handful of analogies one can pull from the movie and apply to life; unfortunately I’ve already forgotten a few of them but here’s a few:
- Life Transition – there is a scene where the father dies and gives his son his purpose to carry on his duties… in quite a ‘ceremony’ of sorts. It made me think back to something I heard on the radio about rites of passage for boys/girls becoming men/women (and the role of the father in these ceremonies)… even though physically nothing has changed in the son, it has clearly marked that a transition has occurred and here is what that means… I’ve never experienced such a thing, but totally believe that for my son at least (and quite likely for my daughters as well) I want to mark this change with some sort of rite of passage. Care to read more about male rites of passage? Check out this article by The Art of Manliness blog…
- First will be last and last will be first – you must first understand that the history that Jerusalem was invaded by European Christianity and taken over for 100 years… and at that time, there was a lot of poverty in Europe. Many would leave Europe for Jerusalem…. and there is a scene where someone talks about how in Europe those who are nothing are great in Jerusalem (“Do you know… what lies in the Holy Land? A new world. A man who, in France, had not a house… is, in the Holy Land, the master of a city. He who was the master of a city, begs in the gutter. There, at the end of the world… you are not what you are born… but what you have it in yourself to be.”)… which is clearly played out in the movie since the son was a blacksmith.
- Hospitaller – the guy who just calls things for what they are:
- “All death is certain”,
- regarding the son Balian not hearing from God (“God does not speak to me. Not even on the hill where Christ died. I am outside of God´s grace. “) he replies “I have not hard that…”
- “I put no stock in religion. By the word “religion”… I’ve seen the lunacy of fanatics of every denomination be called the will of God. I’ve seen too much religion in the eyes of too many murderers. Holiness… is in right action… and courage on behalf of those who cannot defend themselves. And goodness. What God desires is here and here. By what you decide to do every day, you will be a good man. Or not. Come.”
For more thoughts about this movie, I found this interesting blogpost. Also, if you’re so inclined to read about on the actual history (the movie is of course not historically accurate) here’s a few (take with a grain of salt – these are Wikipedia articles!) Wikipedia article links:
- The 3rd Crusade
- Baldwin IV (leper; King of Jerusalem)
- Sibylla (princess/queen)
- Balian of Ibelin (main character)
- Guy of Lusignan (villain Templar and King)
- Kingdom of Heaven (probably links to all of this… but also worthwhile to note differences between Theatrical and Directors cut especially aiming to be more historically accurate)