Ben Hur - An Epic Tale of Courage and Faith Reviews
He lost his wealth,tortured,even close to death,still he learned to forgive...
In our real world we can learn from this movie as well,though life is tough,unfair world...we must not give up in life.Because God is alive,in control,HE will give us strength,hope,love to forgive others.
It's a shame that so much of the film feels like something out of a stage play; most scenes aren't framed all that well, with the camera often reflecting where the audience would be were this being staged before them in an auditorium. The action scenes, on the other hand, are really well crafted, so at least it has that going for it.
I also didn't much care for the religious propaganda throughout the film. Yes, okay, Jesus, yeah, whatever. This isn't Sunday school, okay? I want a story, not a message, particularly one as hamfisted and insulting as this was. I don't go to films to be brainwashed. That's what religion is for.
Charlton Heston is also kind of odd in this. He looks the part of the hero, but man is he stiff. A cardboard cutout could have done just as good a job, if not better. Same goes for most of the other actors, with the exception of the actor who plays the main villain; he was good.
Overall, eh. It has its moments. I loved the "rowing" scene, and the whole crazy naval battle, and, of course, the chariot race at the end. Unfortunately, the film only takes off after Heston's character is imprisoned. Everything before that just drags, and could easily have been cut from the final version.
I can't stress the importance of cutting enough; so many films suffer from being too long, even "classics" such as this. I'm under the belief that a film is better off being too short than too long. There's nothing wrong with a long movie, but its length has to fit with the story and, most importantly, must remain interesting to the audience. Most long movies just can't do it, and shouldn't feel obligated to for whatever reason.
That goes for film reviews as well. Worth a watch, but definitely overrated.