Earlier this evening, my dad and I went to see a 3D screening of Ben-Hur... and it was amazing. Though I've never seen the original or read the book (so I had nothing to compare it to), I loved every bit of it. The filming, directing, and acting quality were all incredible. The characters and their motivations were raw and gripping, and the film itself captivating.
Though the beginning was good yet somewhat slow, the moment Judah entered a life of slavery changed the whole direction of the story, and as it advanced, the tale got better and better. When it neared the end, however, I became afraid that it would end on the bitter note of vengeance, but... Well, no spoilers, but the ending was moving. I may have teared up, a teensy bit. :)
You may want to know: Ben-Hur was not entirely biblically accurate (characters in certain closed events and healing immediately after Jesus's crucifixion that the Bible holds no record of). There was also violence and a bit of blood (though not enough that I would mark it as "gorey"), along with the very brief and undescriptive mentioning of a character's relative being violated.
Do you have plans to see Ben-Hur? Have you seen the original or read the book?