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Caius Martius 'Coriolanus' is a feared and revered Roman general, suddenly pitted against his own city and fellow citizens. Rebelling against the power-hungry designs of his manipulative mother and rejected by his own people, Coriolanus incites a riot that expels him from Rome. The banished hero joins forces with his sworn enemy Tullus Aufidius to extract his revenge and determine his destiny.


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Aug 05, 2019

I completely agree with Janice’s excellent comments about the film. We should be grateful to Ralph Fiennes for bringing this badly underrated Shakespearean tragedy to the screen, but both Vanessa Redgrave and Jessica Chastain delivered stronger performances than he did. Often transferring a Shakespeare play to another place and time falls flat, but here relocating Coriolanus to Yugoslavia in the 1990s worked very well. I wish more Anglosphere films were filmed in beautiful Serbia and Montenegro.

Mar 07, 2019

Outstanding. Ralph Fiennes brings to life this rarely staged or filmed Shakespeare play. Well cast and directed. This film clearly demonstrates how relevant this play is to us today. Shakespeares’ plays are timeless. Highly recommend.

Aug 19, 2016

Excellent Shakespeare adaptation by director and actor Ralph Fiennes. It's strange that people complain how violent this film was, as quite a lot of Shakespeare contains violent scenes- it's not a justifiable criticism. Also, people who try and graft " a modern sensibility " onto the immutable power of Shakespeare's works are another laughable variety of critic.

May 18, 2016

I was partway into the film before I found out that this is based on a play by Shakespeare. The excessive violence and the modern setting confused me, but, by the middle of the film, I began to notice that there was more to it than the presentation. I will need to give it another viewing.

Feb 10, 2016

Coriolanus is Shakespeare's best tragedy (an opinion shared by me and almost no one) especially if tragedy is defined as not only a personal loss, but a loss to humanity. Our hero is brave, intelligent, uncompromisingly honest, and unfortunately reared to despise people who are his inferiors. When his family and friends push him into democratic politics, a blind man could see the tragedy approaching. In my opinion, the definitive version has not been made, but Mr. Fiennes's is very good, and makes clever use of a Balkan War setting. However, his Coriolanus is prickly, unpleasant, even a little mad from the start -- he's supposed to be an appealing, noble figure as well, though many people have mixed feelings about him. It's hard to feel empathy for a fall of so short a distance. Brian Cox, Jessica Chastain, and Vanessa Redgrave give excellent performances, as usual.

Feb 10, 2016

This is is a 2011 British film directed by Ralph Fiennes, based on William Shakespeare's tragedy of the same name.
Set in contemporary times, Coriolanus becomes active in politics and seeks political leadership.
His temperament, however, is unsuited for popular leadership and he is quickly deposed, whereupon he aligns himself to set matters straight according to his own will.
The alliances he forges to accomplish his own will result in his ultimate downfall and death.
It is a visually more interesting and fascinating rendition than its traditional play.

Jan 31, 2016

The bard’s meaty prose seems perfectly at home amongst tanks and machine guns; it’s allusions to prideful downfalls, reckless rage, and weaknesses of the human heart timeless since the day they were first set to paper. Fiennes directs with the eye of an artist rendering both tearful exchanges and bullet-riddled showdowns with equal passion, and his cast seems to be more than up for the task even though Gerard Butler's garbled Scottish brogue proves to be the weakest link. Unfortunately this is not one of Shakespeare’s better plays and the somewhat facile plot, although engaging enough, rarely enthrals despite a host of superb performances. The clever twenty-first century touches are well placed however, with mass media taking on the role of Greek Chorus as the story unfolds. A must for every Shakespeare fan.

Nov 26, 2015

too violent

Aug 06, 2015

Really outstanding Shakespeare adaptation by Ralph Fiennes ( he directs and acts- great performance ). I found the subtitles helped me appreciate and understand the dynamic dialogue much better- I think people tend to forget how bloody funny Shakespeare is/was.

aevans711 Jul 17, 2015

Once you get your head into dialogue, it is a really well directed and dramatic movie. Well worth watching and an excellent cast.

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