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Ben-Hur (2016)
« on: February 25, 2017, 07:10:46 am »

I can't remember much of the original Ben-Hur flick as the last time I saw any of the movie I had to still be in Elementary School. One thing I do know is that it's considered a Hollywood Classic and my initial reaction when I heard they were doing a remake of the film was one of confusion. There are some movies that just shouldn't be touched...good or bad. I had very little interest in seeing the Remake and left it at that, although I did keep hearing about how most people hated this version. The only reason why I ended up picking the DVD up is because there was nothing else on my list available.

So, is the movie as bad as most people make it out to be? Nope. It's a decent flick and there were parts that I really liked. I'm a sucker for Sword and Sandals genre movies and an even bigger fan of Religious overtones. For obvious reasons, this movie is about Ben-Hur and not Jesus, who does pop in and out of a few scenes throughout the flick. I wanted more of this as I found it to be the best part of the film. As for the Chariot Race that everything leads up to, it was okay for what it was. Nothing like the original if you ask me. I may not remember much of the original, but I do remember the Race. As for this version, it's worth a Rent if nothing else but to see Morgan Freeman doing his thing. As for Jack Huston in the title role, I had no idea is was him until halfway through the movie when his voiced slipped into that unmistakable tone and cadence. When he went there, I kept trying to figure out where I knew that voice from. A few lines in and I immediately knew who it was (Richard Harrow from Boardwalk Empire)
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