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Coriolanus Review

Coriolanus Rating:  2.63/5

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Coriolanus Movie Review

Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Rajeev Masand Site:IBNLive (CNN IBN)

Coriolanus makes its way to the screen as an intense, slam-bang action movie that marks Ralph Fiennes’ directorial debut.Cleverly transported to contemporary times, employing such tricks as cellphone-shot assassinations, 24 x 7 news updates, and rousing political debates on television, Coriolanus is surprisingly relevant even 400-odd years after it was written. The story draws some easy parallels with the modern world, despite the somewhat challenging use of original Shakespearean dialogue.The film’s intense, blood-splattered action scenes are not for the faint-hearted, but this is a solid, impressive piece of work that deserves your time. I’m going with three out of five for Coriolanus. Get into the mood and settle down for a satisfying watch.

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Ratings:3.5/5 Reviewer:Alex O Brien Site:Times Of India

Et tu Coriolanus! This no doubt belongs the bard’s lesser known plays category. But then its relevance is as contemporary as it can get — territorial wars, riots, people’s movement, revolts, protests, scheming, stabbing…. But that’s not the only thing Coriolanus lays claim to. The movie marks the entry of actor Ralph Fiennes into directorial territory. But then eventually it’s back to Ralph’s Coriolanus who is just so cold hearted, you actually feel no pity for him even when he is left a loner. But then that’s the idea, right?

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Ratings:2.5/5 Reviewer:Shalini Langer Site:IndianExpress

A modern-day remake of a Shakespeare play is a familiar animal. Depending on the maker, it changes fur and hue, but the really well-done remakes usually sharpen and renew context. Fiennes reprises his role as Coriolanus and makes of him a figure that arouses grudging respect and little or no affection. It is Fiennes’uncompromisingly fierce performance which anchors the film. As Coriolanus’s worldly-wise mother, Redgrave has an unflinching presence : there are scenes in which you just drink in her act.`Coriolanus’ is a determinedly grim but smart, resonant film, faithful to the tone of the original, done with some skill and conviction. Do you know how hard it is to speak in iambic and not sound archaic? If only it had been a little shorter, and a little crisper.

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Ratings:1.5/5 Reviewer:Mrigank Dhaniwala Site:Koimoi

What’s Good: The script; the performances; the masterful adaptation of a classic tragedy to the contemporary context; the direction.What’s Bad: The fact that the dialogues in the film are Shakespeare’s original (in Old English), will put off many people because they are difficult to comprehend; the drama that drags towards the end.Verdict: Coriolanus is a fine film meant for connoisseurs of good cinema. However, it will fail to do much at the Indian box-office.Watch it for the excellent performances and because the story of  Shakespeare’s tragedy still holds relevance.

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