Ann Gabriel | GoGaGaH
One epic movie but failed to live its promise of delivering an epic storyline. Ben-Hur, a movie remake of William Wyler’s 1959 milestone which gave Charlton Heston an Oscar for playing the title role and catapulted chariot racing in the action-movie genre, was absolutely a poor attempt for a movie reboot. The new Ben-Hur movie, which is directed by Timur Bekmanbetov (Wanted), stars Jack Huston as the wealthy Jewish prince whose adopted brother, Messala (Toby Kebbell), because of jealousy, rose so high in the Roman military to exact revenge on our hero by turning him into slave.
In the 1959 version of the film, Wyler attempted to urge Stephen Boyd, (who played Messala,) to imply that he had a homoerotic thing for his brother. None of the scenes puts emphasis on the film’s source material — a 1880 Lew Wallace novel entitled Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.
Rodrigo Santoro, who plays Christ, has a much larger role in the 2016 version. Santoro playing Christ tells the hero that he has a plan for him and that plan demands forgiveness.
The CGI effects in the naval battle failed to liven things up, as there is too much talk going around the whole time in the movie.
Even Morgan Freeman, who plays an African sheik selling horses for chariot racing didn’t rise up to the occasion. Although there was an indication that Freeman, was playing his role well, still the movie failed to show any glimmer of fun or leaving something to our imagination.
Overall, the movie lacks a lot of qualities for an epic movie, but sadly delivers an epic disaster.