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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.
  • Awesome Music: At least half of the soundtrack.
  • 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.
  • Canon Sue: The main character, mostly by making everyone else Too Dumb to Live. The director's cut explains that he fought in several battles in the past and used to build siege engines. A brief scene in the directors cut has him designing a fortification centuries ahead of its time in style.
  • Complete Monster: Raynald de Chatillion is a truly nasty and vicious knight. Raynald leads attacks on innocent Muslim villages in orgies of rape and murder in order to provoke Saladin into battle. He has multiple captives beheaded in order to enrage the Muslim leader. When this fails, he personally kills Saladin's own sister. Raynald represents every dark stereotype about the Crusaders, and is so terrible that Saladin personally kills him once Raynald is taken hostage, as Saladin had vowed to kill him if Raynald ever fell into his hands.
  • 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.
  • Europeans Love Saladin: 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 "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.
  • Marty Stu: Balian, to some extent.
  • Mary Tzu: Balian is often accused of being this by people who haven't seen the Director's Cut, because in the theatrical version he is presented as a humble blacksmith who seems to inexplicably have a lot of knowledge about war. The better-received Director's Cut restores deleted scenes in which he explains that he was an engineer who worked with the army and built war machines before retiring to a simpler life as a blacksmith.
  • Memetic Badass: Saladin. He has a province named after him in Iraq.
  • Moral Event Horizon: For Reynald, this would be is his aforementioned mass slaughtering off innocent Muslims just to provoke Saladin, peaking with his murdering (and also possibly raping) of Saladin's sister.
  • Purity Sue: King Baldwin IV, based on his historical reputation. This does not, however change the fact that Baldwin as played by EdwardNorton is widely considered to be the best thing in the movie. Balian is a deconstruction, since his attempts to be all-good all the time stop a plan which would have prevented the war. He gets called on this a lot.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped:
    Balian: What is Jerusalem worth?
    Saladin: Nothing. (He walks away then turns around) Everything!
  • Vanilla Protagonist: Balian, the humble blacksmith, finds himself crusading with Godfrey, The Hospitaller, King Baldwin, Sibylla, Tiberius and Saladin.


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