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Shakespearian Dialogue In A Modern Set Action Movie - Relevant To Todays's World In Themes And Characters
on 10 August 2015
A Shakespeare play in a modern setting, with a great pace and feel.
But it is Shakespeare, faithful dialogue, delivered with the attention to metre and tempo, so be prepared for that.
Coriolanus is one of those tragedies where the anti-hero has a message to deliver and a mirror to hold up to those fickle citizens that want multiple things from their war-heroes that changes from moment to moment. Men bred to war are seldom suitable for anything else...
There's no point singling out any actor in this, except perhaps for Vanessa Redgrave, who is mesmerising and so powerful as to own the screen every time she is on it. Stirring stuff.
The modern feel reflects the theme perfectly, the direction is well-paced and attentive to character and the action is full-on, so where it does serve as an illustration of war, it hits home.
One thing I would say is that the dialogue is hit and miss for volume: in all Shakespearian adaptations to the movies, the sound is a problem as those taking things to the big-screen take advantage of the huge range of potential delivery for dialogue that doesn't have to be 'heard at the back'. This means some of it can be a bit mumbly, a bit too low, straining to hear is a problem, especially when the language being used isn't that familiar. (And with regional accents being thrown in, it gets even more interesting! :)
But apart from that, a stirring effort. Really liked it, Congrats to Mr Fiennes and all involved. More please.