I have to share my thoughts on the new Ben Hur movie 2016 Remake of the 1959 Ben Hur starring Charlton Heston. I must confess that I did not remember the story of the original because I have never really watched the entire movie from start to finish. I think that this is what intrigued me so much with the new Ben Hur movie. The opening weekend, my sweetheart and I settled on this movie because we felt that we would be the demographic, seasoned individuals looking for a meaningful picture. I must say that we really enjoyed the movie and that I was shocked at all the negative reviews from critics.
The one thing that I do not understand is the budget for the film. I can’t understand why it was so high to start with, when the story is just so great and does not call for major high cost animation or other technical things that can drive up a movie budget real fast. Reportedly, there were several scenes done with Green Screen that were not necessary for me or better yet did not really make the movie. I only mention this because the movie budget, reportedly was $100 Million, yet the box office receipts after several weeks is a mere $42.5 million. In my mind, I keep asking myself why this movie cost $100 million when it was really a simple story that is timeless and does not need extra “stuff” to make the movie enjoyable. The movie just needed a cast, a good plot, good cinematography and music.
Overall, Ben Hur was entertaining, had a great message and the cast was exceptional. The movie soundtrack was exceptional. My only complaint is that they could have done a better job editing the movie, because several scenes were not needed. Despite all that really enjoyed the movie overall.
As a writer, I often look at movies from a different set of eyes than the average person. I look at the storyline and the dialogue and see if the director and the writer were in sync with each other. In the case of Ben Hur, the 2016 remake did a fabulous job giving you meaningful dialogue, great visuals, a moving plot and talent that was perfectly cast for their roles.
Of course, I am thrilled that Morgan Freeman was in the film. However, most of the actors were not known to me and I still enjoyed the movie immensely. Sometimes that is not the case, because I normally see a movie because I am driven to see my favorite stars. This is another topic that must be flushed out in greater detail in another post.
One of my favorite things about a movie is the music. I know it may sound strange, but the music makes the movie for me in so many ways. It carries the scene and the emotions. When the Director is trying to get their point across or transition in a scene the music is something that helps the story tremendously. The music was done by Marco Beltrami, a world renowned composer that also worked on another favorite movie of mine “The God’s of Egypt” starring former Batman lead actor Christian Bale.
The story of forgiveness was a major theme in Ben Hur, in both the original movie and the remake. The Director and Writer took a different approach to this version from the original. It was the story of two brothers, in the movie they are adopted and go through a lot but in the end the story of family, forgiveness and love conquers all is the overarching theme from the beginning until the very last scene.
If you are looking for a good movie with a heartwarming positive message, I suggest that you see the Ben Hur 2016 remake movie at at a local cinema near you. If you would rather wait for the movie on Netflix or in The Red Box, I suggest you watch the movie. It will definitely have an impact on you.