Ralph Fiennes’ feature debut Coriolanus hits theatres around New Year’s (you know where it’s going first..). Adapted by the very talented John Logan the film stays true to the Shakespearean style, as we’ve seen before with the 1996 Romeo + Juliet one of the more succesful modern Shakespeare films.
The trailer is intense, dark and strong. As Coriolanus (played by Fiennes) walks the warred streets of Rome there’s no denying the visual feast the film seems to encapture. Will the amazing war scenes, the loudness cover the story that’s at best a mediocre tale of revenge?
Fiennes seems to feel strongly about the story. After playing the title character on a live stage he took the story to heart and has been working to get it filmed for years. In 2008 his work paid off and filming started in Belgrad. With actors like Laurence Olivier, Ian McKellen, Toby Stephens, Robert Ryan, Christopher Walken and Morgan Freeman having had played Coriolanus, will Fiennes’ performance live up to his predecessors?
Whether this truly work or not, I’m sensing Oscar nods at least for Logan. With a mixed bag of actors such as Gerard Butler, Vanessa Redgrave, James Nesbitt, Jessica Chastain and Brian Cox Coriolanus is sure to raise heads and get a solid viewing.