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What is the one thing that motivates me with Kingdom of Heaven?

I love it how a small blacksmith from a tiny French village goes on to save the people of Jerusalem.  And he basically does it through with his own wits, a feat which is quite admirable considering he was walking with giants at the time.  He was wasn’t undeterred or shy nor ever shrank when he so comfortably could have and give up his responsibly to men who easily could have been perceived as far more capable of handling his tasks.

Who is my favorite character?  Why?

My favorite character would have to be Liam Neeson’s character the Baron Godfrey of Ibeline.  Although this character has limited onscreen time at the beginning of the film, he had an impact on me.  It’s as if every word he spoke was some philosophical lecture about life, love and war.  Not a lecture but you know what I mean.  Liam Neeson is fantastic at playing the ever-knowing and brave father figure and he does that in this film with such grace yet gruffness.

What this movie’s famous line?

King Baldwin IV played by Edward Norton

A King may move a man, a father may claim a son, but remember that even when those who move you be Kings, or men of power, your soul is in your keeping alone.  When you stand before God, you cannot say, “But I was told by others to do thus.”  Or that, “Virtue was not convenient at the time.”  This will not suffice. Remember that.

What elemental message do I see?

To stick to a moral code of loyalty, honesty and doing right by others.  These days that seems to be happening very little.

What do the critics think?

Who cares.



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