Movies in Review: “Coriolanus”

Coriolanus…hmmmmmm…I watched the trailer, and it really looked like a very interesting watch. There was plenty of movement, and action, and what I gathered from the narrator on the trailer, the story was intriguing. What I didn’t notice from the trailer until later was that there were great shots of the story, but no speaking. Well once I bought my ticket and sat to watch the movie I began to clearly understand why. For those of you not familiar with “Coriolanus”, myself included, it was originally a Shakespearean play that has been adapted to film. The trailer was clearly meant to draw in people like myself who have no idea about the story, and lure you in with the action…~gasp~ Within 20min I found my self cringing in my seat, and almost brought to tears because my ears were bleeding so bad. It would be unfair of me to say that I am not a fan of Shakespeare because I can appreciate the art behind his work. The problem is that I don’t understand what the characters are saying…Uuuuugggghhhhh. It was so annoying to sit there while the characters are speaking English, but you wish the movie had subtitles just so you can understand what is being said. You know how Shakespeare plays are. They speak 15 words just to say a 3 word sentence if spoken in plain English. I”m sorry, but this movie was way over my head to even comprehend it. It was very theatrical, and there was also some humor, which I didn’t get until after other audience members laughed…smh. I actually contemplated leaving after the 1st 20min, but It was the only movie I had planned to watch in that theatre, and I had already paid for my ticket AND also bought popcorn. So unfortunately I sat there and tried to understand what I could. You should have seen me sitting there actually concentrating on everything that was being said and done, just so I could get and understanding of the story, and I think I got it for the most part. Ralph Fiennes stars as Coriolanus, and made his directorial début with this film. Wow he sure picked a tough one, but as a Shakespeare interpreter I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised. I love Fiennes as an actor. One of my favorite movies starring him being The Constant Gardner. His performance in Coriolanus was no different. He is a very strong actor who I found to be superb as Coriolanus. Jessica Chastain was cast as his wife. I enjoyed watching her, and found humor in the fact that almost every scene she was in required her to shed a single tear on cue…lol. Vanessa Redgrave was by far my favorite and in my opinion, the strongest piece in the film. I think Gerard Butler should have been replaced with someone with stronger chops. He seemed a bit out of his league. But I could be wrong, given the fact that I couldn’t understand what was being said…lol Unfortunately, it would be unfair for me to rate this movie. I can say that I don’t believe adapting a Shakespeare play really worked as a directed film. The drama failed to come across the same as it would have if it were performed on stage. Please take what you can from this review and base your decision on that…N/A (unable to rate….sorry 😦 )


About tajgreenemoviesinreview

I am creative by nature, and analytical by design. My escape from the riff raff of everyday life is a great movie. I do not title myself as a movie critic. I am a part of the viewing audience simple and plain. I started this blog to give a real life review of films, as an avid movie goer. Movies are expensive, and not always worth the money. I hope my reviews help you in your descision.
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5 Responses to Movies in Review: “Coriolanus”

  1. I’m jealous you got to see this. I haven’t seen this yet, so I just skipped to the bottom to see your rating and took pause after seeing you were unable to rate it. This has me even more curious.

    I will return to read your thoughts once I have a chance to see it. Seeing that it probably won’t be in my area anytime soon, I hope to see it in NY next week. We’ll see. They have all the movies up there.

    • Yeah T I just thought it would be unfair for me to rate something that I honestly didn’t understand. My rating would havebeen based on action, because thats all that I could really understand. This movie was way over my head, and Im not ashamed to admit that…lol. The trailer is a bit misleading for people like myself. If it helps, the audience that was in the theatre when I viewed it seemed to be enjoying it. This movie is only for a specific audience. I can’t wait to read ur thoughts on it when u see it, maybe u will add some clarity for me…lol

  2. morning! While on vacay I am hoping to see this one. Am staying on 43rd and the AMC empire on 42nd isn’t playing this one…nor is it playing the artist or woman in black. Any recommendations as to which theater I should go to for these films…close by…would b greatly appreciated.

    • Hey T…GM! There is a Regal across the street from the AMC you are speaking of. Thats where u can catch Thw Woman in Black. Unfortunately u will have to go a little further to see Coriolanus & The Artist. But luckily they are playing in the same theatre. You will have to go to the Angelika Film Center. The train ride is simple. You will have to take the F train @ 42nd & 6th ave downtown to broadway/lafayette stop (abt 6 stops). When U come out of the train station its like one block away. Hope this helps! 🙂

  3. Thank u much! I will venture to see them there!

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