Written February 05, 2012
Ralph Fiennes has produced a captivating version of Coriolanus. Not only did he do a superb acting job, but he directed as well. It also helps that his supporting cast, including Vanessa Redgrave (also superb), Gerald Butler, Brian Cox and Jessica Chastain, were well cast and delivered strong performances. The modern setting makes Shakespeare, our best playwright, relevant to old and new audiences. Go see!
Written January 25, 2012
Ralph Fiennes is the consummate screen and stage actor - he is able to speak this Elizabethan language in an accessible way. His ability to access base torment is astounding. This is an ENORMOUS oscar performance. Vanessa Redgrave is also at the top of this cast. Both Gerard Butler and Jessica Chastain do a fine job physically, but fail to match the effort brought forth by Mr. Fiennes & Ms. Redgrave, and thus are a bit forgettable.
The direction is interesting. It is easy to see how this caste world would be possible today. However, some of the extra players are a little over-the-top.
Some of the reality strengths of the Hurt Locker's approach work here - without the shaky camera angles that I, for one, am bored with. It is also refreshing to see combat without all of the ridiculous slo-mo effects that suspend any sense of reality.
This film is not for everyone. It is almost more difficult to understand than a foreign film with subtitles - however... definitely give it a shot
Written June 09, 2012
This is more of a play then anything else. It's all about the script and the script is like a high school class assignment requirement to go see it.
Written June 08, 2012
Not one of Shakespeare's more popular adaptations probably because of the fickle citizens, which might have been acceptable to audiences prior to the Age of Enlightenment, but not so much thereafter. So why now, Hollywood? Probably the warrior returning home has some part in this. Wounds to heal. Elections to campaign. All of it somewhat familiar in an election year.
But so often comparisons break down. If Marcius/Coriolanus is a type of vet returning from war to run for political office at home, who does Aufidius correlate to? Modern dress productions invite comparisons, which break down at some point. Analogies to Coriolanus break down fast, switching interest to the excellent cast. Every scene between Fiennes and Butler is worth seeing because their relationship is the most complex. Likewise, Cox and Chastain have a lot to work with. It's Redgrave as the mother, Volumnia,--first proud then supplicating--who interests me. She's like the citizens only slower to reverse herself.
Written April 13, 2012
No indication in the 'trailer' that the language is 'elizabethan' or 'whatever'..... trailer is very misleading, movie was very disappointing. We left 40 minutes into the movie, bored with all the 'blah, blah, blah' shakespearian like script. Boring!