Location: Orkney Islands, Scotland
Joined: May 2004
Kingdom of Heaven
I see that the DVD of Ridley Scott's "Kingdom of Heaven" is due for release on 3 October. I've been looking forward to this, as I have a liking for "sweeping epics" of this type.
My only concern is that the lead role of "Ballan" went to Orlando Bloom, an actor I don't rate (because, IMO, he can't act his way out of a wet paper bag). He may be good eye-candy for the ladies, but he has no ability to convey emotion (As Legolas in LOTR, he didn't have to, as Legolas is an elf and not human). I have the DVD of "Troy" (it's that "sweeping epic" thing again!) and, as Prince Paris, he may as well have been reading a phone directory.
Has anyone actually seen this film yet (dunno its general cinema release date), and, if so, is it worth £15.99 as a DVD? The DVD (etc.) website play.com is taking pre-orders now, and I'd like to know it's worthwhile before I take advantage of this service!
Being a Ridley Scott film, and having seen some short clips, I'm sure it will be spectacular in a visual way, but is the acting any good? Liam Neeson is in it, and he's pretty reliable, but I'm not so sure about young Mr Bloom! Looking good and remembering all one's lines doesn't make one a good actor automatically!
My apologies to anyone who thinks Orlando is the bee's knees, but I think he's over-rated by quite a long way.
I'm sorry also if I appear a bit old-fashioned, but I think that the quality of the acting is quite an important part of any film. Special effects may be stunning, and actors/actresses may be pretty, but I think a film needs more than just that