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Ben Hur movie posting here because of movie's subject matter
Aug 22nd, 2016 at 6:10pm
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It was a family tradition when I was a wee lad to watch Ben Hur when it would come on TV every Easter season.
Well my daughter was kind enough to accompany me today for a matinee showing of the new one.
It was a well made production (visually, cinematic-ally), and supposedly truer to the original novel. No one can fit into Charleston Heston's shoes when it came to playing these intense roles, but this guy was adequate.
Of course I went there knowing that Christ would be presented in the usual syrupy/sappy Hollywood way.  One scene Esther (Ben's wife) speaks of this man that she's seen do so many "small acts of kindness".
And also, predictably, for fear of antisemitism,  it's only the Romans that plot His death because "His message is dangerous."
My other gripe is Morgan Freeman. It was his usual schtick, playing an older, stately and wise man. The character that played this part in the original portrayed a feisty, funny Arab that gave the movie a little comedic relief.


  

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