Best Easter Movie? Still can’t beat “Ben Hur”

If I say “You can’t beat ‘Ben Hur'” next year, you might be confused because MGM is currently filming a new version of epic Charlton Heston, William Wyler classic. But now it’s still 2015 and “Ben Hur” is, in my estimation, the greatest Easter movie ever created for the silver screen. Here’s my review of Ben Hur from last year:

Review of Ben Hur

Other Easter movies you may want to check out is, of course, “The Passion of the Christ” which is the intense standard if you want the most vivid and brutal depiction of the crucifixion. The imagery is powerful and moving, though not always easy to stomach.

You may also want to watch 2014’s “Son of God” from the same folks that brought the History Channel miniseries “The Bible”. ┬áThe “Son of God” has flaws for sure. The storytelling is not nearly as compelling as it could have been and some scenes are just rather stale, but it does have it’s moments and shows a interesting overview of the Passion Week.

What will MGM bring to a new version of “Ben Hur”? Whatever it may be, call me skeptical. Remakes of classics are a risky business. How do you update perfection? Reportedly the writers are going back to Lew Wallace’s classic novel, which can only be a good thing. But with the mood Hollywood is in these days, I’m a little skeptical that they can pull it off. It is scheduled to be released next February. I’ll be sure to see it, and I hope I’m surprised. I doubt it could ever knock off the original one however.

Happy Easter and happy watching!

The Perfect Easter Weekend Movie: Ben Hur

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.