Listen to Mother: Vanessa Redgrave as Volumnia, with Ralph Fiennes in the title role
Kathleen Murphy writes:
First-time director Ralph Fiennes brings one of Shakespeare's lesser-known tragic heroes to ferocious life in Coriolanus, played in modern dress but voiced in the Bard's eloquently corrosive language. Fiennes acted this antisocial über-soldier, based on a legendary Roman general, on the London stage in 2000 and came to believe that Coriolanus' rise and fall might be better expressed on-screen: "I just felt it was a play about now." And so it is, in spades.
Fiennes' reading underscores the soul-killing compromises demanded of democratic leaders, especially during times of economic turmoil; the power of the media to yo-yo public opinion; and the eternal tension between exceptional citizen and democracy's common men. Deftly orchestrating bloody action sequences (Hurt Locker cinematographer Barry Ackroyd is on board), the dangerous dynamics of fickle crowds and scenes of lacerating intimacy, Fiennes drives Coriolanus with a strong directorial hand, his style as singleminded—and arguably, arrogant—as that of the character. The play's been smartly streamlined by John Logan, and Fiennes' cast speaks Shakespeare's dialogue so naturally, the 17th-century poetry never jars with the "now" in which it's spoken.
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