The mix of traditional thriller elements, Cold War storytelling, submarine warfare, and Sean Connery's magnetic performance engage the viewer throughout.
While its grandiose visuals remain impressive and the chariot race has lost none of its energy and excitement, "Ben-Hur" is overlong and bloated.
U.S. Home Release Date: 2018-08-14
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Director: Joe Russo, Anthony Russo
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Bradley Cooper, Scarlett Johansson, Zoe Saldana, Paul Bettany, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Holland, Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Peter Dinklage
With an unwavering devotion to spectacle and action, the film throws down a gauntlet where this kind of mass team-up is concerned.
Unsentimental, non-glamorized, and unclouded by the usual overlay of rose-colored nostalgia, this is a raw but rewarding motion picture.
Without demonizing individuals, McCarey pinpoints the self-absorption that results in the neglect of those whose presence demands sacrifice.