There are moments of cinematic greatness in Coriolanus, but I didn't think it is an affecting film in its entirety. The highlight of the film is beyond doubt the acting, which makes sense, considering this is a Shakespeare adaptation. Fiennes especially shines in his portrayal, ranging from a dominant intensity to a poignant vulnerability. Cox, Butler and Redgrave, also elevate the film with their performances.
"And you thought Ralph Fiennes was scary as Voldemort." Terrific performance, but the streets of Belgrade, my home town where most of it took place & the extras throw me off liking the film, because I felt like Ralph pulled an Ed Wood - where he made budget compromises which effected the credibility of the story. Probably works well for non/Serbian crowd :} Not for everyone indeed.
Barry Ackroyd's combat photography (Fiennes likely scooped him up from The Hurt Locker set) continues to impress and dare I say there is a good Gerard Butler performance in this film. Logan's screenplay still feels a bit too set in the text. You wish Chastain and Redgrave could do more than what they are given but do solid jobs along with a good leading Fiennes performance in a role Hollywood no longer offers him.
Fiennes takes a lesser known Shakespeare and sets it in modern dress keeping the text of the orginal. Not a new idea by any stretch but a good gamble that mostly pays off Logan's adaptation is a mostly shrewd script modelled after the serbian/croatian war with many clever touches (mob mentality, media, political manipulation).Fiennes dynamite in title role but perhaps a little out of his depth at times as a director.
A well-made retelling of one of Shakespeare's last tragedy plays directed by first-time director, Ralph Fiennes, who also rendered a powerful and strong performance as Caius Martius Coriolanus. Vanessa Redgrave and Jessica Chastain delivered very fine performance as well. The film retains the old English verses of the play in spite of the modernized setting from the original ancient Roman milieu used by the Bard,
Coriolanus is probably the most complex Shakespearean character and one of the first anti-heroes in literature, which raises the bar for representing him very high. Fiennes gives the man intensity but, apart from a couple of brilliant acting moments, he lacks in credibility. Although it shows a nothing special film direction, it is a very entertaining film, best served if one already knows the play.
Didn't quite make the four stars for me (perhaps I simply wasn't in the right mood), although all the performances are spot on, and for a directorial debut - especially one that involves the slight modernisation of a Shakespeare play - the piece is very impressive.
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!