Cyrano

Cyrano ★★½

Cyrano is a movie of pure formalism, an adaptation that feels constricted to just going through the motions of the story being adapted – flamboyantly, confidently, but more resembling a paint-by-numbers than a creative canvas. It's a circus, filled with talented freaks yes, but whose acts stretch little beyond the marvel of their performances. The performances are phenomenal — Peter Dinklage is especially a knockout as usual — but the roles feel like bit parts, with capital a Acting of the sort where I found it difficult to differentiate between the characters' onstage alter egos and their offstage personalities. In this story of romance, the characters are codependent entities regardless of their relationships because they are defined entirely by their interrelations, raising the romantic stakes to all or nothing – unfortunately, the movie lands mostly on the losing end of that deal.

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