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Brilliant directorial debut for Fiennes!,
This review is from: Coriolanus (DVD)
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I admit that a modern version of a lesser known Shakespeare play did not sound like a great idea to me. (To be honest, my first thought was of the film _Trekkies_ where William Shatner is trying produce a rap version of "Julius Caesar." He performs it at the end of the show, and it is actually pretty good, but I digress ...)
I could not have been more wrong. This film was absolutely amazing! After watching Fiennes as Voldemort in Harry Potter, I grimaced when he came into the first shot. But, when Fiennes spoke, he had an incredible presence. His cadence, body language, diction, and all of the intangibles that go into acting were "spot on" for his role.
The fourteen year old I watched it with was also absolutely rapt. (That is worth five stars no matter what!)
Fiennes stars as one of two principal point of view characters as General Caius Martius. Martius is a hard nosed, professional soldier with little regard for pacifying or playing to the masses.
His counterpoint is revolutionary Aufidius played by Gerard Butler. Whereas Fiennes rightly plays Martius by "chewing on the scenery," Gerard Butler does a fantastic job by playing a very understated Aufidius.
The film is an extremely close match to the play, and we see Martius rise, fall, rise again, only to be betrayed and murdered in the end.
Roll the credits!
This film is brilliant, and most watchers will be pleasantly surprised.
I highly recommend it.
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Initial post: May 29, 2012 6:07:28 PM PDT
Patty Sue says:
Excellent review. By the way, Aufidius was played by Gerard Butler not Gerald Butler.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2012 1:56:42 AM PST
Richard Staats says:
Fixed it! Thank you! Curse spell checker! :-D
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