Ben-Hur Review - Deadline

Deadline: I just don’t get why certain filmmakers are drawn to doing big-screen remakes of major Oscar-winning movies that should be untouchable. If you want to remake something, do movies that didn’t work the first time around, like Howard The Duck or Ishtar. But why Ben-Hur, which with 11 Oscars for 1959’s William Wyler-directed classic shares an Academy record with Titanic and Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King? This hasn’t stopped Paramount and MGM (which made that 1959 version) from trotting it out again for contemporary audiences, complete with a pop song over the end credits (!).

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