To preface this review, I must first inundate you with a completely unnecessary and anal-retentive explanation of my self-proclaimed qualifications to analyse this film. Indulge me for a moment, yeah?
Orlando has been in the following films (most recent first): The Three Musketeers, The Good Doctor, Main Street, Sympathy for Delicious, New York, I Love You, Pirates of the Caribbean, Love and Other Disasters, Elizabethtown, Kingdom of Heaven, Haven, Troy, The Calcium Kid, LotR, Ned Kelly, Black Hawk Down, and Wilde. Of those 16 films (I count the trilogies as one film) the only one I haven’t seen is Wilde. Based on that, I’d say I have a fair bit of knowledge about Orlando’s performances. I’d also say that Orlando is my
obsession favourite actor, hands down.
Also, keep in mind that my review is moreso an anaysis of Orlando Bloom as an actor, rather than a review of the film itself. I dislike spoilers; however, I can promise that I will give an opinion of the film within the review.
The first thing I have to say is that this is by far Orlando’s best performance. I’d like to say that there’s a sort of line of delineation before and after KoH, but with films like Elizabethtown, Pirates, and Main Street, I can’t really say that. His performances do not increase exponentially in quality following KoH. With Sympathy, TGD, and Musketeers, however, it is evident that he is definitely growing and improving as an actor. The one thing that really hit home in KoH for me is that Orlando is acting through his eyes. For those of you who watch ANTM, Tyra Banks is always emphasizing the importance of smizing, which is when the models smile through their eyes. Acting is no different. Elijah Wood is especially good at acting through his eyes, which is one of the reasons I love him so much. (Though his eyebrows do get in the way quite often. Damian McGuinty on The Glee Project and later, Glee, also had this problem.) I’m especially bothered by Orlando’s eyebrows and his inability to convince me of the character he’s portraying in Pirates, despite my love for that film.
Orlando’s performance aside, the film was incredible. It’s directed by Ridley Scott, the mastermind behind such notable films as Alien and Blade Runner. It also has an A-list cast including Marton Csokas, Edward Norton, Liam Neeson, and Jeremy Irons. The story revolves around the battle between the Christians and the Muslims for Jerusalem. Balian, a simple man living a simple life, must embrace the heritage of his father, Godfrey, and become a knight the Baron of Ibelin. He is ushered into fighting a holy war, despite his own waning faith in God.
Personally, I love historic dramas and religious-themed texts. This film was right up my alley. I absolutely loved it and would recommend it to anyone.
I did find it ironic that Orlando played a blacksmith again, but that was just a littlePirates humour for me.
And my favourite still from the film:
I would also like to rescind all of my “Kingdom of Boring” comments. 😛