jeudi 25 août 2016

Ben-Hur — Roman versus Jews through the life of two men — 6*/10

  • Overall: A very solid and entertaining piece. Nothing too harsh, nothing too pretty. However, something always felt missing.
  • Who is it for? Anyone interested in a story set in the ancient Mediterranean world or related to Jesus.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Known actors: Morgan Freeman.
  • Setting: Ancient Rome.
  • Style: Gritty, with a bit of violence.
  • Pacing: Some parts felt rushed, not letting the audience take in the moment or the meaning.
  • Story: Good overall, but not great. Some part didn't gel really well. Maybe it's because they tried to redo the original too much. Best part was the time as a rower. The mood and the ambiance was perfect.
  • Ending: I really didn't expect this, but it's way too rosy.
  • Characters: Surprisingly, with how much back story we had, they didn't seem to have much depth to any of them.
  • Acting: Good, but missing the spark to make it great.
  • Visuals: Very nice.
  • Special Effects: Good scenery, bad horse in the stand.
  • Camera Work: Some nice things.
  • Costumes: In some cases, it looked too modern. Love the Roman garbs, though.
  • Music: Bad choice for the end credits, too modern.
  • Afterthoughts: It all felt empty, as if they going through the motion of making a movie about that particular subject, or recreating what had been done before.