Monday, April 08, 2013

Film: Coriolanus

I've never been much of a fan of Shakespeare's plays and so haven't found much enjoyment in cinematic adaptations of his works. However, Coriolanus, starring and directed by Ralph Fiennes, is an exception. Ralph unreservedly plays the role of Coriolanus with such a powerful and intense honesty that he is scary and chilling almost all of the time his character is on screen. Vanessa Redgrave is equally strong playing his cold, militaristic mother. The language is Shakesperean but don't let this put you off, as the story and script is never so convoluted that one's attention shifts to trying to figure out what is going on. Also, it helps that there are some great battle scenes with explosions, shooting, and close body combat fighting ; ) 

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