I never have read a single Shakespearean play the way it’s meant to be read. But with Coriolanus, which apparently is one of Shakespeare’s lesser-known plays, I’m most certain that this, rather inspiring, directional debut by Ralph Fiennes is going to be my foray into English Literature. This movie has Ralph Fiennes written all over it. Spectacular performance by the man himself who dons the role of Caius Martius Coriolanus, a patrician Roman general who looks upon the proletarians with absolute disdain. Gerard Butler plays the role his archenemy, Tullus Aufidius. Gerard’s Scottish charm does much rather well for his role as a tough general of the Volscian rebel faction who claim that Rome was once theirs. Coriolanus is a slick war drama, which is an apt modern adaptation of a play that was written probably four centuries ago. Though, i feel, there were a bit of flaws in the Direction, this was just splendid for a debut and reflects the sheer talented experience that is ‘Ralph’. There isn’t much to reveal about the story as such as it’s a one that we’ve heard of. But it’s, by far, the most intense movies I’ve seen all this year. So, go watch it for yourself. I’m tagging a ‘Must-Watch’ tag to Coriolanus, as this movie, in itself, is an accomplishment for Ralph, who is a sheer pleasure to watch, and who singlehandedly renders the much needed grittiness to a ‘centuries-old’ Shakespearean play.
CORIOLANUS: Cut me to pieces, Volsces; men and lads,
Stain all your edges on me. Boy! false hound!
If you have writ your annals true, ’tis there,
That, like an eagle in a dove-cote, I
Flutter’d your Volscians in Corioli:
Alone I did it. Boy!