Directed by Ralph Fiennes,
Coriolanus is a remake of the William Shakespeare tragedy that revolves
around the legendary Roman Leader, Caius Marcius Coriolanus. Unlike the
original Shakespearean story, this powerful retelling of a classic is
set in modern times with Ralph Fiennes playing the lead role of General
Coriolanus, a powerful war leader of an outlying region of "Rome".
However when Coriolanus challenges the senate and causes a riot, he is
banished but vows vengeance on his persecutors.
However as fate dictates, Coriolanus life
of exile soon changes when he comes across Tullus Aufidius (Gerard
Butler). Aufidius is mortal enemy but they soon strike a deal in order
to invade Rome. Depending on whether you have read the original remains
to be seen but what a powerful journey it is for Coriolanus.
What makes this film unique is that
although it is set in modern times, Shakespeare’s words are used to
portray the story which creates this interesting conflict that although
looks out of place, actually suits the story perfectly. It is also
boosted with Fiennes co-stars, Brian Cox, Vanessa Redgrave and Jessica
Chastain who help flesh out this story even more. Even Butler who looks
like his role from Machine Gun Preacher fits his character perfectly and
balances Fiennes character Coriolanus with his grim demeanour as he
crafts the world of Shakespeare.
With some amazing cinematography,
especially with the battle scenes, this war thriller will probably turn
away a few viewers due to the classic Shakespearean words. However if
you can get past the first 30 minutes of the movie, Coriolanus becomes
this commanding movie that successfully mimics the original story with
its strong content on war and vengeance. Fiennes should be commended on
trying something different, especially by moving this story out of
ancient Rome to our world. This is how Shakespeare works in the 21st