Thursday, August 18, 2016

THE NEW BEN-HUR---'MISGUIDED, DIMINISHED AND DISMAL IN EVERY WAY'

Jack Huston in the new Ben-Hur
  When will Hollywood finally learn that remakes of classic old movies are destined to flop? Recently we've had Point Break, The Legend of Tarzan, Ghostbusters and now--- probably the worst of the lot--- Ben-Hur.

   One wonders what on earth possessed the studios to try and remake the epic 1959 movie which starred Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins and Stephen Boyd and won 11 Oscars?
Charlton Heston in 1959

 And of casting lightweights Jack Huston and Toby Kebbell in the leading roles?

 And, as the Hollywood Reporter asks: Of creating a chariot race so heavily digitized and over-edited that it's the worst scene in the picture?

  It is, says the critic, "misguided, diminished and dismally done in every way."

   But if that's not bad enough there are plenty more remakes and reboots coming down the line, among them All Quiet on the Western Front, A Star is Born, Barbarella, The Birds, Dirty Dancing and The Seven Samurai.


   My prediction is that the only remake to succeed in a big way at the box-office this year will be The Magnificent Seven,. which stars Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt and looks to be nearly up to the standard of the 1960 Oscar-nominated original which starred Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen.

  But it's another remake so I could be wrong.

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