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Ben-Hur (2016) Movie Reviews

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08/23/2016 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Much Less Epic than It's Inspiration

'Ben Hur' is the remake of the classic epic that no one asked for. Honestly, Charlton Heston's version of this story looks and feels way more epic by comparison. What we have here is a truncated retelling of that film's narrative with minor touches that serve no purpose to plot or character development. It cuts through the core brotherly relationship, and all other relationships, with a scalpel, leaving us without much to invest in. The actors are all trying hard to be compelling, but the compact nature of the film squeezes out some of their effort. They are all giving what appear to be "good" performances. In this case, it seems like a waste. The parallel between the hero and Jesus is just present as background this time. He learns of forgiveness from witnessing the kind acts and...

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