Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Review: Coriolanus

While period Shakespeare adaptations are usually rote and unimaginative, modern re-imaginings give the work new life and allow it to shine in different ways. Ralph Fiennes's exquisite adaptation of Coriolanus falls into the latter category. 

Updating the setting to a potentially apocalyptic war setting. Fiennes is superb as a conflicted warlord, who bristles under the domineering ways of a character played with authoritative excellence by Vanessa Redgrave. Equally outstanding is Jessica Chastain, in what seems to be her 300th standout performance of the year, 

Excellent visual and sound design keep the film moving at a brisk pace, and the careful, inspired adaptation by John Logan reshapes the play into a riveting, thoughtful action film.

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