Sunday, June 24, 2012

Coriolanus (2011)

Director: Ralph Fiennes. Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Gerard Butler, Vanessa Redgrave, Brian Cox, Jessica Chastain. 123 min. Rated R. UK. War/Drama.

How sad. How sad that last year, Ralph Fiennes' great directorial debut went under the radar. The Shakespearean play about an army general who is forced into politics, disappoints, is banished from his homeland, and then joins forces with the enemy against his own country, has so many contemporary correlates, picturing the story in anything other than a 21st century society would have been wrong; and the characters' "strange" poetic language makes the impact even stronger (although I admit I watched the whole thing with subtitles). And remind me: why wasn't Vanessa Redgrave nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar?

PS: Thank you for the recommendation, Brad.

Mo says:


  1. Great movie with truly poetic dialogue. If only it were in English.

    Probably the Academy was confused whether to put it in the foreign language category.


  2. I could understand the Engineers' language in "Prometheus", but Fiennes' volcanic explosions surely needed subtitles.