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A different take.,
This review is from: Coriolanus [DVD]  (DVD)
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I must confess my knowledge of Shakespeare is somewhat limited, mainly confined to English Literature classes of long ago and latter day occasional forays into the world of classical culture. So my approach to this film was somewhat hesitant.
Shakespeare's play and words in a current Roman setting, I found it surprisingly entertaining and on the whole, quite easy to understand once my ear had `tuned' to the language. It struck me how easily the words of the bard fitted into today, a reflection on the acting skills of the fine cast of players, and Fiennes as the director.
The story is a dark tale and a play that I had never heard of before. The strutting pride of the principal character [Coriolanus] and his refusal to bend his principles, leads to banishment from Rome. Once again his pride comes into play, leading him to apply his military skills on behalf of his former enemies against Rome which has rejected him.
To me, the grim scenes were reminiscent of the Balkans conflicts and perhaps this is what Fiennes meant them to do.
Enjoyable enough for the `uncultured viewer' perhaps but probably more appreciated by those with knowledge and liking for Shakespeare's works.