If you are looking for a meaningful and extremely compelling epic story for the Easter weekend, you could do no better than to revisit one of the classic, historical epics of the golden age of Hollywood: Ben Hur.
Ben Hur has become one of my favorite movies of all time. It’s story is timeless. Boyhood friends, Judah Ben-Hur (Charleton Heston) and Messala, become rivals as Judah cannot betray his own people at the hands of Messala’s accession in importance in the Roman Empire. Judah is betrayed and sent into slavery, losing all his wealth and family.
But Ben Hur is not just a dramatic historical drama, it rises to new and special heights because of the time period and what is happening in and around Jerusalem at this time. The complete title gives the audience a foretaste of what’s to come: “Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ.”
Ben Hur, through slavery and circumstance, comes across a young Jewish teacher, whom some call “The King of the Jews.”
Ben Hur has some truly memorable scenes. The chariot race as he tries to seek revenge on Messala is an iconic Hollywood sequence. And the other scene of the Christ walking the Via Dolorosa with Ben Hur following his steps on the edge of the crowd is truly moving.
This is epic without computer graphics. Refreshing, indeed.
Ben Hur is a true 5-star, thumbs-up, top-ten of all time type of classic. It’s a perfect edition to the Easter weekend. I highly recommend.