About the Film
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.
A hefty dose of blood and gore abound in this Shakespearean tragedy - a tale of politics, betrayal and love (& friendship, for what is friendship if not love) set against the wars in ancient Rome - but brought up to date and given a Serbian/ Call of Duty coat of paint. Fiennes thunders through as Caius Martius and really is a pleasure to watch. The rest of the cast are serviceable if not remarkable, with the exception of Cox - Butler isn't really up to scratch and Redgrave overdid it somewhat - Fiennes carries all before him.
When you look at the cast you think MMMM… this will be good! Trust me when I say this film is awful! I think I managed to get to about 30 minutes in before turning it off. Waste of money.
Remember this is Shakespeare!!!!
Really enjoyable film.RF is superb(has he ever been anything less?)
This is worth every penny.
Remember it is Shakespeare and not your average Hollywood yarn