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Ben-Hur Review - Collider

Collider: When the story you’re telling has already been adapted into a movie that earned 11 Oscars including Best Picture, you’re stepping into a fairly large shadow. While Timur Bekmambetov’s new take on Ben-Hur doesn’t eclipse William Wyler’s 1959 film (which was itself a remake; Lew Wallace’s book had been adapted in 1907 and 1925 as silent pictures), but it does hold its own by skillfully balancing its populist, action flick with a message of love and forgiveness. The new movie sports a remarkably strong first act that even delves into themes of peace versus social justice, and it provides a lot of shading between Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston) and his brother-turned-enemy Messala Severus (Toby Kebbell). As the film wears on, it begins to lose some of its depth, but still manages to create a rousing chariot race and finish on a thematically satisfying note.

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