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Nature teaches beasts to know their friends.
Caius Martius, aka Coriolanus, is an arrogant and fearsome general who has built a career on protecting Rome from its enemies. Pushed by his ambitious mother to seek the position of consul, Coriolanus is at odds with the masses and unpopular with certain colleagues. When a riot results in his expulsion from Rome, Coriolanus seeks out his sworn enemy, Tullus Aufidius. Together, the pair vow to destroy the great city.
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Shakespeare's works have been adapted time and time again; and filmmakers that are attracted to it frequently seem to have a background in the performing arts; this is because Shakespeare has always made compelling characters, placing the film's focus on them rather than the story itself, conveying them with simplicity in their motivation but complexity in their execution. Stage actors are faced to constantly draw out their emotions when adapting Shakespeare, and only in the emergence of his works in cinema did it become more subtle; but even translated through cinema, it is still essential to its charm to retain that melodramatic feel, reminding us of a style that once brought emotions to minds and hearts…
Shakespeare is without doubt an acquired taste. Taught in schools throughout the UK, it is loved and loathed by pupils and rightly lauded by academics and students alike as the greatest literary collection of plays and poetry written in the English language. You can't deny the power, the passion, the comedy, the tragedy, and the deftness of touch Shakespeare had in creating his masterpieces, but in recent years attempts to update his creations with a modern setting have been interesting to say the least. Baz Luhrmann's Romeo & Juliet did the great man no favors, but Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing and this stunning adaptation have brought The Bard to an even wider audience.
Coriolanus is one of the lesser…
Coriolanus is one of Shakespeare's lesser known plays and with good reason. It's one of his worst. This isn't because of the language, it is as always beautiful, perhaps lacking in flashes of iconic genius, but still beautiful. It's because it is riddled with one dimensional characters that have no arc whatsoever. Most problematic is Coriolanus. He is probably one of the worst protagonists the Bard has ever conceived. He is an awful person and not one I am willing to invest in. A lot of awful things happen to him which makes him a rather tragic and somewhat pathetic figure, but this does not automatically make it a great tragedy. You need a connection for that, one that is…
After the ‘90s trend of transporting Shakespeare’s plays to modern day reaped mix results, from the good (Romeo + Juliet and Macbeth on the Estate) to the poor (O and Hamlet), it is a good few years since we have witnessed a successful modern interpretation. Sadly, I am unconvinced Coriolanus is it.
Corialanus is not a play I was familiar with and after seeing this adaptation I can see why it hasn’t been brought to the screen before. It certainly has a timely and timeless quality to it, the way Fiennes places it in a modern, war torn and divided city works reasonably well and the early going has an appealing visceral quality, but the film is at times torturously…
I have seen plenty of films that tried to put Shakespeare in a modern setting and from what I've seen (Hamlet 2000, Romeo + Juliet, etc) they've all been either mediocre or downright terrible (I'm especially looking at you Romeo + Juliet). I began to doubt it was impossible to translate Shakespeare's words onto a modern setting. The one film that happens to come close to making it work is Coriolanus, one of Shakespeare's lesser known work.
Over the years, I have become a huge fan of Shakespeare as a writer, but I am unfamilar with his play Coriolanus. Therefore I have no idea how faithful it is to it's source material so I can only look at this as…
They must be running out of Shakespeare plays to make movie adaptations out of
The greyest Shakespeare adaptation. Begins really well, ends really well, but the middle three acts are shapeless mush. Fortunately performances are great, because the whole film would be pretty forgettable otherwise.
As far as modernisations of Shakespeare go, Ralph Fiennes' Coriolanus is one of the more grounded (read: boring) ones. I'll take the silliness of a Baz Luhrmann or Kenneth Branagh over it any day.
Rewatched with Lauren
This film surprised me as a tremendously well executed modern adaptation of the Shakespeare play of the same name. I loved the modern inflections of the film, the flashes of modern technology (phones constantly recording, CCTV, the chat show and press conference modes), the hints of modern warfare, and of course the actors, all of whom deliver fine performances (was heading towards a pun - 'Fiennes' performances). The cinematography was incredible, and there is something realistic about seeing such big stars framed by such a handheld lens, really grounding the film in its created world of an alternate Rome.
"O, a kiss Long as my exile, sweet as my revenge!"
Among all of Shakespeare's plays, Coriolanus is by far the one that is most politically relevant today, both in the US and abroad. Perhaps this is why Fienne's adaptation is one of the few modernizations of Shakespeare that I actually enjoyed (i.e. compare with recent attempts to do the same with Romeo and Juliet or Titus Andronicus). The reason it remains relevant is that it tells a story of a great and noble man whose reputation and career were dragged down by the rabble and by the opportunistic political twats who come to power by posing as "voices of the common people." So instead of statesmen capable of making…
Fabulous adaptation and creative setting of this play in the recent Balkans. "There is a world elsewhere."
Scavenger Hunt 17 (August 2016)
20. A film based on a work by William Shakespeare!
"I think he'll be to Rome as is the osprey to the fish, who takes it by sovereignty of nature."
Based on Shakespeare's play of the same name, itself derived from tales of the Roman-Volscian Wars, Ralph Fiennes's Coriolanus is a modern retelling of the tragedy of Roman war hero Caius Martius Coriolanus (Ralph Fiennes). Unlike many modernized adaptations of Shakespeare's plays, this film pulls its dialogue word-for-word, and much of its story scene-for-scene from the original texts, with only the most minor changes, and keeping at a similarly slow pace. Much of the acting is, likewise, more theatrical than you'd expect in…
The performances are magnificent. The emotion is explosive. The cinematography is beautifully stark and visceral. The scope and shape of Caius' arc is sublime. The pacing is the one true weak point of the film, but if you can muster the patience, it is a very rewarding experience.
I'd been wanting to see this for several years, finally carved the time out last weekend. Didn't disappoint. Ralph Fiennes directs and stars in a timely, masterful adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedies. This is one of Shakespeare's lesser known plays, and frankly, for good reason. But in Fiennes' hands, it becomes a powerful fable about politics, war, and public relations. Vanessa Redgrave is spectacular as Coriolanus's mother.
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