Went to watch "Kingdom of Heaven" in the noon. I would say it's a great show to be watched and much can be gained from the show itself. A 4/5 ratings for it. In a nutshell, I can better appreciate the hostility shown by the Islamic faith towards the Jewish faith and Christian faith till this modern era, by the end of the show.
In fact, I was thrilled to see the main character killing a priest in the very early part of the show. And it was only a appetizer, a harbinger to the description of man's soul throughout the movie. Fancy that the main character was going to Jerusalem in search for forgiveness and salvation and later asked the question, "What worth is Jerusalem." And this journey is initiated by the fact that his father searched him out. Sounds like a parable, doesn't it?
I think one of the classic sayings in the movie is this, "If God is in my heart, how can I go to hell?" And among others, overly abused phrases like, "God wills it!" and "Killing the enemies of God is the road to heaven!" We can see "religious" fanaticism throughout the movie, but is it that "religious"? Afterall, most of the motives are all secular in sense, and religion is merely used as a tool to accomplish the goals.
Yet, I must say that the last conversation between the main character and the Sultan is sure highly christian flavored as evident in this, "If God's love is not in you, why would you do things to such extent?" And controversial statements like, "Can't you do a little evil, in order to do greater good?" are not lacking throughout the movie. I think you realize I can keep on quoting from the movie. So what does this tells you? Go catch the movie yourself, especially if you are a fan of the knights, crusaders or templers!
Nevertheless, I think the movie put down the motives of having the crusades here and there. At the same time elevating the position of the Islamic army as they are getting revenge back on the crusades because when the crusades took over Jerusalem, they slaughtered many women and children. But a fact that is missing from the show is the historical fact that the formation of the crusades was fully due to the invasion of the Islamic army. If the Islamic army did not invade Jerusalem in the first place, all these would not have happened. So whose fault to be blamed in the beginning, though the response via crusades is not to be praised?
When pure devotion to God is poisoned with the greed for wealth and power, it becomes a mere bloodshed under the divine name between mankind.
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