For April 8th- Ben Hur

Finally getting to an epic in this long line of films, I was almost too happy to be sitting down to watch a film that was over three hours long.  Something I don’t think I’ve been that excited for in my life.

I was technically sitting down to the 1959 version of this movie, as there have been many iterations of this story in the past.  Wyler’s is certainly the most well-known, having garnered many awards since its original release.  That along with many re-releases of special editions of the movie on popular media.  It was very cutting-edge at the time for its use of technology and stunt work, most notably in the chariot race scene.

Story/Writing: 2/2

Obviously a large film, even for it’s time.  The main plot follows Judah Ben Hur, a powerful Jew in the Holy Land during the time of Jesus.  The story arc is epic and sweeping, so the fact that it has lasted this long is no surprise.

Acting: 2/2

Charlton Heston carries most of the film on his shoulders, receiving great help from the rest of the supporting cast.  Really not much more to say than that.

Photography/Set: 2/2

Beautiful, sweeping shots of the countryside and venues.  The sets are extremely detailed, and you can feel the production value oozing from every prop and every costume.  Really, it’s something you need to see if you haven’t.

Sound/FX: 2/2

Apart from the chariot scene, which is a major piece of movie history, the effects used throughout the rest of the film were also of the highest quality for the time.  The soundtrack is as grandiose as the rest of the movie.

Misc: 1.5/2

As good as everyone says it is.  See it if you haven’t yet.

VERDICT: 9.5/10

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