First, he is perfect in the lead role and brings a brutality to it that makes his Voldermort look like a hobbit. But it's his directing that is truly amazing. He managed to take the least popular Shakespeare play and turn it into one of the greatest adaptations of all Shakespeare's work.
Yes, I recommend this movie.
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PostedMarch 12, 2012
The acting and storyline in this movie are superb. The cinematography was even better. The mixture of old English and modern technology sets your teeth on edge. Just as jarring are sudden shifts to rundown, battered, graffitied buildings that have a modern day feel but reek of Shakespearian tragedy. This juxtaposition of the two worlds sends your brain into a visual chaos... Delightfully so.
The relationship between Martius and Aufidius (Fiennes and Butler) changes and evolves over the two hours from pure hatred to a nearly erotic love then into betrayal that disillusions both men.
Brian Cox and Jessica Chastain are cast perfectly, and only Vanessa Redgrave could have played her role. She is the strong domineering mother whose pride leads her son to destruction.
As usual, Shakespeare's use of metaphor to describe people show the depth of his characters' feelings. I went to see Coriolanus with my husband and adult son who don't really have an ear for Shakespeare, but we're able to follow the story easily. Even if the language is a bit overwhelming for you, the palpability of the characters' feelings, as expressed through excellent acting and amazing cinematography will carry you through with ease!
Coriolanus is a film with an identity crisis: it wants to be a modern day war film with scenes that will remind audiences of the news coverage from central European countries in conflict; and, it also wants to stay true to the play at almost all costs. This takes some getting used to and several of the audience members walked out when they realized that the language would remain Shakespearean. Gerard Butler gives a commanding performance; Fiennes plays Coriolanus with passion; Van Redgrave can handle Shakespeare's lines in her sleep. If you like Shakespeare, you may like this film. Consequently, if you like modern warfare films, you will most likely not like this film. I recommend it to the more serious moviegoer who also happens to enjoy the previous movie adaptations of Shakespeare's plays.