Catching up with a reaction to last night’s screening of “Kingdom of Heaven”…I attended (courtesy of Anne Hubbell and Kodak) the premiere screening of the film at the Ziegfeld and witnessed Star Jones chatting with Bryant Gumbel a few feet away, among other celebs (not to mention the key cast from the movie). Anyway, I found the film nearly laughably bad. Almost campy.
Overwhelmed by the extreme violence, hokey story, and generally weak performances, I found myself studying the foley work and special effects. Ridley Scott‘s “Gladiator” had its problems, but at least it offered a solid lead and a compelling storyline. Introducing the screening, Scott boasted that we’d be in for a treat at the end of the film when the big battle scene commenced and indeed the film delivers a stunning last act, but its hardly worth waiting through the 90 minutes or so to get to the war. [Photo