Holy crap!!! Where did this come from???
I heard awhile back that Ralph Fiennes was planning on making a film based on William Shakespeare’s play Coriolanus but that was the last I heard of it. Today I ran across this impressive trailer. The film stars Ralph Fiennes and Gerard Butler and my initial reaction is that it resembles more of an action thriller than a Shakespearean drama.
Which is alright with me.
Of course the idea of Shakespeare as high brow is a modern concept. In actuality, Shakespeare’s plays were made for the mainstream audiences of the time. They enjoyed watching action, gore, sex and violence as much as modern audiences do today.
This trailer reveals that the setting for the movie is set in modern times. Although, it keeps Shakespeare’s dialogue. (Thankfully). The concept worked well with other film adaptations such as Romeo & Juliet, and Richard III. Not so well with Hamlet and Macbeth. We’ll see how this all plays out. But I’m really digging what I’m seeing here.
Caius Martius ‘Coriolanus’ (RALPH FIENNES), a revered and feared Roman General is at odds with the city of Rome and his fellow citizens. Pushed by his controlling and ambitious mother Volumnia (VANESSA REDGRAVE) to seek the exalted and powerful position of Consul, he is loath to ingratiate himself with the masses whose votes he needs in order to secure the office. When the public refuse to support him, Coriolanus’s anger prompts a riot which culminates in his expulsion from Rome. The banished hero then allies himself with his sworn enemy Tullus Aufidius (GERARD BUTLER) to take his revenge on the city.