Ben-Hur (1959)

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This is an interesting movie. It’s epic too. Charles Heston is a wealthy prince who lives with family and trustworthy slave. He has a friend called Stephen Body. Haya Harareet is in love with him. Feuds emerge between Heston and Body resulting to a break up. Body ensures that Heston is imprisoned. This happens and he is imprisoned in a different country. His mother and sister are also locked up in Jerusalem. After serving his term he is released. He becomes rich again. Charles embarks on a journey back home. Here he fails to notice his sister and mother. Haya lies that they are dead. The true is that the two contacted leprosy hence they have been quarantined somewhere. Charles engages in a fight with Body. He wins and kills him. He retrieves to the cells to locate his family but does not find them. Haya discloses to him where they were taken. He seeks to help them by taking them to Jesus Christ. It’s too late and Jesus is already crucified. However the two are suddenly healed. This is amazing. He attests to God’s marvelous happening.
Ben-Hur has some interesting and appealing scenes. There are certain acts of mercy entailed in the movie. It’s amazing how Jesus treats Charles with utmost by washing his face and hands. This brings him on his feet. He even sees him off. There is a beautiful display of horses racing at the square. Rowing of the galley slave’ scene is hilarious. The Roman clothing is appealing and decent. In fact it brings out the real character of Roman soldiers. This makes the movie real and interesting to watch.
Some scenes are however not appealing. The rush for water is accompanied by several torturous sights. The prisoners are aligned and they cannot wait to have a taste of the water. What’s more is that they are mistreated and denied their right to food and water. Charles attempts to have a taste of water but the soldier keeps on ignoring him. In the end, he throws the calabash to another prisoner. This is absolutely devastating. The pounding in the chamber is deafening. The slaves are harassed when they are forced to row their roars according to the speed set by their leader.
Ben-Hur is a great movie to watch with or without family or friends. It’s absolutely amazing.

Ben-Hur (1959)
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