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The citizens of Rome are hungry. Coriolanus, the hero of Rome, a great soldier and a man of inflexible self-belief despises the people. His extreme views ignite a mass riot. Rome is bloody. Manipulated and out-maneuvered by politicians and even his own mother Volumnia, Coriolanus is banished from Rome. He offers his life or his services to his sworn enemy Tullus Aufidius
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…
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…
A unique, but mostly underwhelming translation of Shakespearean literature.
I wouldn't say I'm one of those I-breathe-classics people, but Shakespeare conquered my heart a long time ago. The energy of his writings and the surprising ease with which the modern-day man can relate to the playwright's occasional sarcasm and humour (at least in my opinion) have always managed to provide me a great deal of entertainment. Thus I love watching the plays, whether they're set in Shakespearean times or a modern setting. Modernised versions work very well, particularly if the director really feels the play, which I think is the exact case with Ralph Fiennes. 'Coriolanus' is a play I hadn't yet managed to read, and I believe Fiennes did a fantastic job of introducing it to me. I…
It is thou that art the pribbling motionless object!
Of the few adaptations I've seen of Shakespeare's work, the ones I enjoy the most are those that transport the words and the setting to our modern days. Besides the modernization of old notions such as the sword being changed to the assault rifle, it's also really interesting to see how such an old text echoes so well in our day and age. Coriolanus is no exception to the rule, although some flaws rob it of the greatness it seemed destined to.
Ralph Fiennes stars as General Caius Martius, a roman officer that has proven himself in war, but who is not loved by the people. After his most recent victory,…
I'm a big Shakespeare reader anyway, so add Ralph Fiennes and Gerard Butler to the mix and I'm interested.
It's a beautiful film to watch. The production design and cinematography go together beautifully and the acting is so natural and engrossing. The storyline flows so simply and easily, a lot of which is down to the actors. Ralph and Gerard are on form, a long with an exceptional Jim Nesbitt, giving each of their characters new meaning and a deep, thoughtful, vengeful, modern edge.
HOWEVER. The fault goes back to Ol' Bill himself. The pace drops at the 2/3rd mark. Until then it has a rolling feeling that seems to work with the dialogue and the story. But then it hits the floor. The rest of the film suffers, making the intense scenes later on not mean anything. Shame really, because it looked really pretty.
Did not enjoy this film at all.
Perhaps I was expecting something better with the cast but I wasnt impressed by anyones performance.
Dont expect an action thriller.
One of the keys to doing a film based on a Shakespeare play, using his dialogue word by word is commitment & authenticity. I only got this from Ralph Fiennes and Lynn Redgrave. I truly believe this would have been a better film with modern dialogue, because the visuals, action, & drama were above average. I understood everything Fiennes said, however Gerard Butler was another thing. Not sure if it was the accent or not, but he did look great in the film. I'm excited to see more films directed by Fiennes because he definitely has the "eye' and a way of pulling out performances. I just prefer more modern dialogue.
Even though I went into the film Coriolanus knowing it was a time-shifted Shakespeare adaptation (indeed something that made it seem more interesting), I didn't quite expect what I got.
To get it out of the way, the screenwriter tried to reuse as much original dialogue as possible. This is especially and expectedly noticeable in the infrequent longer speeches. For many this will make the film unwatchable. It mandates a desire to focus on the language long enough to get into the rhythm of it. Turning on subtitles is highly recommended, at least removing the hurdle of missing anything due to auditory interference.
Being one of his lesser-known plays also increased my attraction to the film. I was surprised to…
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Holy shit. This was AWFUL. I couldn't even finish this; I made it about an hour in and had to stop. By the 10 minute mark or so--and maybe even earlier--I was over it. I usually try very hard to not stop a film once I've started it unless I have to, but in this case I just couldn't. The only other time that I remember doing this was with Jackie Brown--another film that I hate. While I didn't rate that film, I felt confident enough to rate this because I could tell that the film would not get any better.
Leading up to this failed viewing I wasn't exactly what you would call…
I just don't get Shakespeare at all
I'm uncultured and stupid
A gritty and interesting film that unfortunately never gets better than its opening half-an-hour battle scenes.
Ralph Fiennes has stripped away all unnecessary dialogue to render the Shakespearean lines at their most accessible (more so than Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet). The acting from all of the cast is great but especially from Vanessa Redgrave and Ralph Fiennes (directing and acting).
What is missing from this tale is the conflict between Coriolanus (Fiennes) and his arch nemesis Tullus Aufidius (Gerard Butler), when they are in direct conflict is when the film is at its most compelling; not having read Coriolanus I cannot say whether this is a weakness of the play, but it certainly would have made a more compelling screen story.
Having read the Shakespeare play prior to watching this film, I have to say I'm very impressed by this as an adaptation. The idea of a modern setting didn't sound too great at first, but It turned out really well, and the film was for the most part very loyal to the original play, except for a couple of changes which i still don't think were necessary. Another thing that initially made me a bit nervous about this film is the casting. To me, Gerard Butler as Coriolanus and Ralph Fiennes as Aufidius seemed much more logical to me, but in the end, Ralph Fiennes played the part of Coriolanus brilliantly.
A passable update on the Bard's play, though it seems a bit obvious--we'll put it in the present day so it will be clear that we think it applies to the present day. The filmmakers do apply the play to the modern setting well, but maybe the point of Shakespeare giving it an ancient setting was to suggest that political backbiting and the blindness of war's blood lust are not simply modern conventions, but have been with humanity for a very long time.