An epic story both in scope and complexity. I already liked this film in its theatrical version but now that I've seen the Director's cut of it, I can call it a masterpiece and easily one of Ridley Scott's greatest achievements. This longer version offers more depth and flesh in both the characters and the religious conflict at the core of the story. I wouldn't have minded 2 hours more. A truly misunderstood gem.
The theatrical cut is a four star movie, very good but with narrative gaps, character inconsistencies, and rushed thematics. However, the director's cut, is a five star movie, one of the best 'epics' I've ever seen, and probably Ridley Scott's best film. It is the definitive crusade movie IMO. This is a masterpiece and it's a shame Ridley didn't follow in this vein after its critical and commercial failure.
As proven before, Scott is one of our most gifted filmmakers. His films are often beautifully exaggerated and highly dramatic portraits of very real ideas, eras, and events. Other than the fantastic cinematography and impeccable design, this film (although too fictionalized) carries with it some very important notions about, for example, the continuing battles in the Holy Lands and the genesis of Eurabia.
An enjoyable script from the writer of "The Departed" and a roundtable of great supporting performances from actors like Liam Neeson, Jeremy Irons, David Thewlis, and Edward Norton mean that I was never once bored by this staggeringly long 192 minute movie. However, casting Orlando Bloom at the center of the maelstrom reveals that Bloom is England's answer to Keanu Reeves. Except that's kind of an insult to Keanu.
The Directors Cut: With its overwhelming sense of epic storytelling without getting to pompous (seen away from Mr. Bloom) Kingdom Of Heaven Dir. C is really what I will call a BIG CANDY for us who likes this genre. Kingdom Of Heaven original: 2 stars. The Directors Cut: 5 stars.
Finally this is on here!
I doubt they'll add the director's cut seperately so I'll just pretend this is a page for the DC. In which case it gets a 5/5 from me.
Epic, wonderful filmmaking. Also Scott's second best film behind "Alien".