“The 30 Day Movie Challenge”
Day Eleven: A movie which changed your outlook on something
Depending on a number of factors - including but not limited to time of year, current level of self esteem, and orientation of the stars - I sometimes cannot keep my head above the wake of my own misanthropy. Luckily, the panacea that is Kingdom of Heaven always manages to soothe my soul. Ridley Scott’s film is filled with scenes of senseless violence. But when the smoke clears, allowing you to finally rise above the rabble, the historically rooted characters of Saladin and Baldwin IV (Ghassan Massoud and Edward Norton, respectively) dominate. In appealing to the viewer’s rationale, these two provide hope in an atmosphere of extreme pessimism. They are diamonds in the rough. When confronted with the draconian perspective that “Humans are bastards,” they serve as flesh-and-blood representations of the opposing viewpoint. Although technically on different sides of the fence - they share great respect for one another and approximate that a man’s worth should be based on the moral content of his soul, not those trivial opinions generated by the mind. While Saladin and Baldwin understand that humanity has gone off the beaten path, they represent the change that they hope to see in the world.