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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.
Review In A Nutshell:
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 lorded 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…
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
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…
La venganza ha sido tema recurrente en un gran número de obras, y es uno de mis temas favoritos. Cuánto mayor es el agravio, mayor es el deseo de ver caer a quien nos lo inflige. Y es uno de los mejores mecanismos que hay para lograr empatía hacia un personaje.
Trasladar la Roma original de la obra de Shakespeare no deslustra nada el argumento (quizá el papel del pueblo llano en la política ha cambiado) y la esencia se mantiene tanto en un escenario como en la película. Fiennes está estupendo como un hombre al que la ingratitud le hace perder los estribos.
Lo peor es probablemente el clímax de la película, que se hace un poco soso y que no obstante está interpretado como debe ser.
I generally don't like movie adaptations of Shakespeare. There's something to the idea that the essential thing about movies isn't the content they're based on but the style of the particular instantiation of that content. The opposite holds for the theater. That's why movie remakes are either hopelessly derivative or a different movie entirely.
There are other problems too. The camera, acting like an eye, draws out implicit meanings by looking at things a certain way while things are made known in the theater through declamation. Movie adaptations tend toward some kind of naturalism in terms of speech but it seems like a mistake to treat it like regular and not contrived speech. I guess you can't send an actor…
coriolanus is: killing a man because you love him.
Incredibly distinct interpretation of one of Shakespeare's lesser-known works, this could have just have easily been a fascinating experiment. The fact that it works this well only begins to suggest how skilled a director Mr. Fiennes is.
Perhaps the best Shakespeare screen adaptation I've seen.
I have subtitles on and hear the words in English, but I'm all hearing is babble. Half a star, suck a dick.
After Ralph Fiennes wrapped up his multi-film role as Voldemort with the 2011 conclusion to the Harry Potter series, he still had plenty of menace and intensity left over for a glowering, stoic turn in his directorial debut, Coriolanus. Adapted from a Shakespeare play, John Logan's script updates the setting from Republican Rome to the modern day, trading in swords and togas for assault rifles and business suits. The dialogue remains the same, and Fiennes leads a capable cast in a tale of a man built solely for war. B
Full review at www.mediocremovie.club/exclusives/coriolanus
coarse in cinematic texture yet as powerful as its source, though not the most complex shakespearean tragedy, fiennes' adaptation brings a timely quality to the narrative, redgrave almost steals the picture, engrossing
After watching Coriolanus, I was inspired to make a list of all the films inspired by the works of one…