Summary: Coriolanus is not for everyone, in fact many people will likely hate it. I can't say I particularly loved the film, but it features many admirable qualities nonetheless. The cinematography is really good. Although it borrows heavily from it's Shakespearean roots, making it hard to understand, the script and solid and the actors deliver it wonderfully. The performances are all top-notch, Vanessa Redgrave in particular is stunning; she steals every scene she's in.
Summary: The performances are great - but unless you have an ear for Shakespeare, this is probably not the movie for you. I liked it well enough, but it does take some adjusting to get used to the flow. If you're in the right frame of mind, give it a shot.
Summary: Most everyone puts in a good acting effort. I can't say much positive about the rest, though. The directing and editing had me dizzy and confused about the action and story. The fast-spouted 'Shakespear' dialogue only added to the confusion, because I am not used to hearing that type of speech.
Summary: Coriolanus is a great soldier of Rome. When he is about to take the consulship of the city, the politician-manipulated mass gone mad at him, betraying and condemning him from Rome. He then joins force with the enemy to take revenge. *** From a Shakespearean story to great actors playing the characters, this film come with excellence.
Excerpt: Coriolanus is the directorial debut of Ralph Fiennes, who plays as Marcius Coriolanus. With the end of Harry potter series, it seems that Ralph Fiennes has entered to take a movie on his own hand. Without making any experimentation, he has chosen a tragedy drama written by William Shakespeare during the period 1608.
Conclusion: I thought I would put least enjoyable rather than "worst". I am sure there are worse films in terms of cinamatography or acting. There are a few problems with this film. Number one is the trailer (and the cover from the look of it) - it promises tons of slick action. In reality all the action is in the trailer, and people should be aware the text is a direct translation from Shakespeare. It just leaves people disapointed, it shouldn't pretend to be something it isn't.
Conclusion: I studied this play for my school leaving exams 30 years ago. We were informed by our (arrogant) English teacher that Coriolanus was Shakwspeare's "worst play". despite that criticism, I enjoyed studying it, and so was intrigued when I heard that this modern day version had been released. Yes, the Shakesperian dialogue can be hard to follow, but using the subtitles makes it easier. Some excellent performances in this film make it most enjoyable.
Conclusion: Brilliant! after watching 'TITUS' Anthony Hopkins 'MERCANT OF VENICE' Al Pacino thought id give CORIOLANUS a watch and enjoyed it very much, thought setting it in modern times was great, John Snow reporting on the war for tv, tanks rolling into cities, explosions, gun fire ect made it almost documentary but with shakesperien language, which to be honest was a little hard to get onto at times, a bit like Yoda with a broad vocabualry 'if what mean i, knowest thou' but that...
Conclusion: I found this riveting and a good production but will this be lost on people who think its a war film and buy it as such? It takes good concentration to absorb this plot and the true Shakesperian dialogue.