Coriolanus (2011)


Coriolanus (2011)

A banished hero of Rome allies with a sworn enemy to take his revenge on the city.

Director:  Ralph Fiennes

Writers:  John Logan (screenplay), William Shakespeare (play)

Starring:  Gerard Butler, Ralph Fiennes, Lubna Azabal

Shakespeare was probably the greatest playwright in known history.  He was especially proficient at delivering great tragedies, and Coriolanus is likely one of the most overlooked.  This film adaptation places the setting in a modern day Rome, but with the use of Shakespearian prose.  It can be quite difficult to follow at times, but well worth your time if you can understand it.  I personally had no issues with the language, but even some of the most intelligent people I know have had a hard time with it. Coriolanus is a perfect tragedy that will leave you truly wondering what could have been done differently, and inevitably concluding the answer as “nothing.”


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