An excellent debut & modernised adaptation of one of Shakespeare's often overlooked plays. Great performances and I LOVED that they kept the Shakespeare-speak...much more expressive than some kind of 'modernised translation' which would have sunk the film's quality in my opinion. Cinematography and editing was nice & directing was on point. Some flow problems near the end but a more or less faithful adaptation. Nice!
Technically, it was impeccable -- almost flawless in its execution -- and of course Vanessa Redgrave is pure class. But there's just something about it that didn't click. Maybe it was my mood when I saw it, but it just didn't do it for me.
An impressive and interesting adaptation of one of Shakespeare's greatest plays. The present day proves to be a wonderful setting for a tragedy rife with pride and revenge, using war torn Eastern European states as a backdrop. Fiennes' performance, among others, is as compelling as it is startling - and technically the film is masterful, as well. One will find beautiful cinematography and a very stark edit.
I'm normally not a fan of modern renditions of The Bard, but Fiennes really did an amazing job here. His performance is beyond explosive; he had me in the palm of his hand whenever he was onscreen. Fiennes brings Shakespeare to life the way he should be: with passion, energy, and emotion. There were scenes of such startling power that had me jumping in my seat. Those looking to adapt The Bard, take note.
An appropriately visceral and defiant adaptation of a Shakespeare gem. Fiennes and Butler are adequate, but it is Redgrave who reminds us that the bard must be performed to be believed - and goodness, does she ever.
Bruising, brutal modern day adaptation of Shakespeare's play about a Roman general whose iron fisted rise to power leads to his banishment, where he joins with his greatest enemy to exact revenge upon Rome. Ralph Fiennes (in his directorial debut) leads a stunning ensemble cast who bring startling new life to Shakespeare's words. Vanessa Redgrave and Brian Cox are especially great.
You know how some people have "ambient noise machines" to wake up nicely and smooth each day...Well I want one that has Ralph Fiennes yelling Shakespeare lines so that I might start each day with the determination of a revengeful Roman commander.