A woman carries a baby deep in her womb for the better part of a year; endures morning and/or afternoon nausea; swollen feet; stretch marks; the discomfort of carting around a belly the size of a hot air balloon; and the knowledge that after the happy event her body will probably not bounce back to what is was.
Ridley Scott’s epic film Kingdom of Heaven (2005) stars Orlando Bloom, Liam Neeson, Edward Norton, Jeremy Irons, Eva Green, and host of others.
This is a film about ideas–substantial ones. And it is about truth that is ugly, brutal, but real.
For those whose minds are engaged in thoughtful considerations, this film’s dialogue is like spending an entire day with a beautiful being to whom you are supremely attracted to but may only engage in foreplay above the shoulders — and nothing more.
Tristan + Isolde (2006), starring James Franco as Tristan and Rufus Sewell as Lord Marke includes every single context — loss, greed, the insatiable thirst for world domination, jealousy, sibling rivalry, bravery, loyalty, love, and betrayal — humankind has grappled with since the first human was molded from dust and given the breath of life.
For me, this is enough to make it a perfect film, but this is not where its perfection lies. No, its true perfection, ultimately, lies in these essential questions it puts to us: