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Ben-Hur Review - Huffington Post

HP: Yes. Ben Hur’s famed chariot race is worth the wait and what a wait it is. Slow plodding Ben Hur directed by Timu Bekmambetov misses on many counts, but the chariot race is spectacular. Never mind that Judah Ben Hur played by Jack Huston is missing in gravitas and star power. He lacks charisma and the bold, killer good looks of Charleton Heston, and his acting is luke warm, but it is about his appeal as leading man. He just does not cut it. Comparison to William Wyler’s 1959 Ben Hur must be made as this version was deemed to be one of the greatest films of all times. Remaking it was risky. If it were not for the chariot race, I would say skip it.

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