• From the speculative storm kicked up by Anonymous to the popular release of Stephen Marche’s How Shakespeare Changed Everything, public curiosity in the Bard’s work was piqued just in time for Ralph Fiennes’ directorial shot at Coriolanus.
    • He chose to preserve the iambic pentameter in the film, and with the expert screen-writing help of John Logan (best-known for his work on Gladiator, The Aviator, Rango, not to mention his exceptional play Red, about Mark Rothko), Coriolanus has turned out to be an exhilarating contemporary take on Shakespeare’s story of a tragic, bull-headed patriot.
    • Fiennes as Martius is a perfectly calculating, persistent soldier, but also a dry and useless politico. His refusal to play popular is overt enough to be almost comical, and that obstinacy becomes his downfall when the quick-tongued Tribunes (moonlighting as slimy lobbyists) conspire to expose Martius as a politician who doesn’t particularly care about what the Citizens think. The media, in Fox News style, becomes a forum for the trial of Coriolanus’ character, and his eventual exile from Rome is reflected not just in a distancing from the city, but as a descent into extreme poverty.

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