JT Film Review

Upcoming Movies – Coriolanus (2011)

Upcoming Movies – Coriolanus (2011)

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Shakespeare adaptations are pretty few and far between, but recently when one gets the chance to be made the time frame is usually changed. Richard III (1995) was bumped into the 1930’s, Hamlet (2000) was bumped into modern-day, and Julie Taymor’s Titus Andronicus was everywhere (everywhen?). Personally I like modernizations of Shakespeare (Richard III is one of my favorite movies), so I perked up when I heard of the upcoming movie Coriolanus, to be released sometime in 2011. It is based on Shakespeare’s play of the same name, and is apparently about ( according to IMDB) “A banished hero of Rome who allies with a sworn enemy to take his revenge on the city.” Ralph Fiennes is directing and starring in it, and has updated the story to modern times.

The second reason I got excited was when I saw the killer cast, which includes Ralph Fiennes as Coriolanus, Gerard Butler as his nemesis, Vanessa Redgrave as his mother, and Brian Cox as a scheming senator. This is also Ralph Fiennes directorial debut I believe.

The movie is being shot in Belgrade, and Fiennes has got the Serbian army helping, and apparently he will be using their tanks as well. This is a good thing, as Shakespearian tradegies generally need scope.

Today I ran across the following pics and found myself getting even more excited for the release of this movie. UPDATE: The trailer has arrived! Find it here.

(All pictures are from the Daily Mail website.)

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Here we see Ralph Fiennes as General Coriolanus, surrounded by what appear to be his bodyguards/soldiers/goons.  We can see that this movie will have a gritty aspect to it, and Fiennes looks suitably creepy with that slouch and shaven head.

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This looks to me like Fiennes is giving Gerard Butler direction here. I love this look, the grimy rooms and military uniforms. Butlers beard deserves a movie of its own I think…

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Kaboom! The bard plus explosions! You’d be forgiven for thinking this is a shot from The Hurt Locker, as the cinematographer of that film, Barry Ackroyd, has also been pulled in for Coriolanus. Although it’s hard to tell for sure, I think the two soldiers here aren’t main characters.

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Here we see two of the other leads, Vanessa Redgrave as Fienne’s mother (in front of a kneeling Fiennes), and Brian Cox as Menenius, a Senator (far left). Despite the gritty look of the first pics, we can see that pagentry and finery will have its place. Rumour has it that Redgrave is brilliant in her role. Here’s hoping!

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Comments? Questions?Are you looking forward to this film? Either way, feel free to leave a comment!

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May 14, 2010 - Posted by | Upcoming Movies | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. Great galloping gods. Finally, a film version of Coriolanus that might live up to the play! Vanessa Redgrave as Volumnia? Holy hell.

    Comment by James | September 30, 2010 | Reply

  2. I wanna ask a question. Do you know When the movie will be released ?

    Comment by Ilkay | March 30, 2011 | Reply

    • According to Wikipedia “The film premiered Out of Competition at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival in February 2011[5] and it is expected to open the 2011 Belgrade International Film Festival.”, which is “usually held in the first quarter of the year.”

      Comment by jamesturpin | April 9, 2011 | Reply


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