We didn’t ask for this.
I don’t know who thought it would be a good idea to remake one of the most beloved movies of all time into a by the numbers summer blockbuster, but there you go. The trailer for Timur Bekmambetov’s remake of 1959’s epic 4-hour film Ben-Hur released today and it looks even worse than I expected.
The film stars Jack Huston, who will be replacing Charleston Heston as the titular character. I’m not familiar with any of Huston’s work, so I can really comment on this casting choice. He has big shoes to fill, however, but I guess we’ll see how it turns out. The film also features Morgan Freeman, who continues to phone in his performance like he has for the better part of a decade. At least the ridiculous looking wig he is wearing will provide some entertainment in his performance.
I have to say for an actor of his caliber, Toby Kebbell must have the worst agent on the planet. He keeps getting these mediocre villain roles in sub-par films (Fant4stic) and he is capable of so much more. Besides that, everything in this trailer just looked severely underwhelming. For what looks like its going to be a big-budget spectacle film, the CGI is atrocious. I have honestly seen more convincing computer animation in a video game the all the ocean scenes in this trailer. The chariot scenes were comparably bad as well.
Ben-Hur is definitely a film that should not be remade, especially in as a cynical a matter as this. Paramount has turned Ben-Hur into a cliche action film that looks to be in the same vein as 300, and that saddens me. Nobody asked for this, and I can guarantee that this will be a box office bomb.
Check out the trailer for yourself below:
Ben-Hur releases August 12th.
BEN-HUR is the epic story of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother Messala (Toby Kebbell), an officer in the Roman army. Stripped of his title, separated from his family and the woman he loves (Nazanin Boniadi), Judah is forced into slavery. After years at sea, Judah returns to his homeland to seek revenge, but finds redemption. Based on Lew Wallace’s timeless novel, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. Also starring Morgan Freeman and Rodrigo Santoro.