YMMV / Kingdom of Heaven

  • Anvilicious: "Nearly a thousand years later, peace in the Kingdom of Heaven remains elusive", the final title card. Some people also consider the movie in general to be this.
  • Better on DVD: The theatrical version is a mediocre action film, at best. The Director's Cut edition restores over 45 minutes of plot, and is a far superior political drama/war movie, and explains a lot about why Balian is such an effective leader.
  • Complete Monster: Guy du Lusignan is the head of a faction of knights who chafe at not being allowed to make war on "the Saracens". Together with his psychotic sidekick, Reynald de Chatillon, he massacres a Muslim caravan, hoping to provoke war with Sultan Saladin, but is foiled when King Baldwin IV of Jerusalem persuades Saladin to relent and jails Reynald. Following Baldwin's death, Guy frees Reynald and sends him out to waylay and butcher another caravan, this one including Saladin's own sister. When Saladin sends an envoy to request the return of his sister's body, Guy murders the envoy in view of his party then sends his head back to Saladin as a declaration of war. Ignoring the advice of those who have fought the Muslims before, Guy marches his entire army into the desert without sufficient food or water, damning all those who disagree with this plan as cowards, and gloating about the glory he will attain when he bests Saladin. When his army is killed almost to a man, and Reynald executed in front of him by Saladin, Guy refuses to accept any responsibility, blaming everyone but himself for the way that things have worked out.
  • Cult Classic: Not to the degree of Scott's Blade Runner but like that film, the Director's Cut has its following.
  • Ending Fatigue: The epilogue was especially prominent in the shorter theatrical release.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Even (or maybe especially) in the poorly-received theatrical cut, Edward Norton's King Baldwin impressed critics and audiences.
    • Ghassan Massoud also received a lot of love for his role as Saladin.
  • Faux Symbolism: Reynald's beard and the hair around his shoulders have streaks of red mixed with normal grey hair that are not quite natural looking and are reminiscent of blood stains.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Sibylla's Important Haircut makes a lot more sense if one considers that her original fate was to go to a nunnery after the siege was over. It's also Truth in Television: The women of Jerusalem cut their hair in solidarity with the defenders.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Even in its tarnished form, it was better received in European and Middle Eastern/African territories.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Eva Green willingly gives up the throne for love. Fast forward to Camelot where she stops at nothing to try and become Queen.
    • At one point in the Director's Cut, Balian throws a rock at a bush and it sets a blaze, with him balking at The Hospitaller's "That's your Moses". Come almost ten years latter after KOH's release and Ridley Scott is doing a movie about Moses.
  • Iron Woobie: King Baldwin.
  • Memetic Badass: Saladin. He has a province named after him in Iraq. Which might be ironic, given that he was a Kurd.
  • Moral Event Horizon: For Reynald, this would be his aforementioned mass slaughtering of innocent Muslims just to provoke Saladin, peaking with his murdering (and also possibly raping) Saladin's sister.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Balian's brother is played by Michael Sheen in a two-bit part.
  • Special Effect Failure: The blood effects can be a bit wonky. In one instance, Guy de Lusignan stabs an Arab messenger under the chin, causing blood to explode out from under his shirt. In another, Balian smacks a knight on his helmet with what seems to be broken pottery, again causing blood to inexplicably splatter everywhere.
  • Spiritual Licensee: It is essentially an adaptation of The Talisman by Walter Scott. Such similarities include Saladin as a noble ruler, a young European nobleman coming alone to the Crusades and encountering and fighting a Saracen warrior who is later revealed to be of higher birth than the viewer/reader is led to believe, his becoming a good friend of the latter, and finally a forbidden romance between the young nobleman and a young woman of royal heritage.
  • Vanilla Protagonist: Balian, the humble blacksmith, finds himself crusading with Godfrey, The Hospitaller, King Baldwin, Sibylla, Tiberias and Saladin.


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