Ridley Scotts directors cut of 'Kingdom of Heaven'. All his strengths and weaknesses on display here. The story is fairly asborbing, though meandering. Orlando Bloom probably has less than 50 lines in the entire 3 hour + movie. Some actors (Eastwood, McQueen) can get away with not talking. But Mr. Bloom just looks pensive and uncertain, like he's trying reaaaalllly hard to convey he's thinking something profound. And when he does speak, his lines are Jedi Knight-lite, so there's a hole in the center of the entire enterprise. The script, purported to be well researched, ultimately fails him and the movie. As a reviewer noted, for a film about two clashing religions, there's very little substantial insight into the faith of either. Scott seems to use religion as a launching pad for the worst endeavors of humanity. That it has been at times, but also a foundation for the best of humanity. So, quite an inbalance in a film that is a odds with itself. That said, the film does offer a sort of shambling travelogue into the Crusades pre-Richard the Lionhearted. And the final battle for Jerusalem begins spectacularly - Saladin's troops fireballs appearing on the distant horizon is a sequence worthy of David Lean. I still have the impression Scott doesn't like religion, but has never deeply thought about why. As evidenced by the mayhem of the Alien films, science also seems to be a threat to mankind. So perhaps his religion is cinematography, and perhaps that's why so many of his films never seem to live up to their promising premise in that even the most splendid imagery will only take you so far.