First ‘Coriolanus’ Trailer Tries to Hide the Shakespeare

One of the most anticipated films to hit the Fall festival circuit is Ralph Fiennes’ Coriolanus, a modern re-telling of Shakespeare’s historical tragedy. With the Weinstein Company distributing, a Toronto Film Festival debut, and a cast filled with A-listers and Oscar winners the film seems to be getting set up a for a strong Awards campaign. Shakespeare dramas have not fared well with the Academy lately, but there was a time when good Shakespearean performances were almost automatic acting nominations.

Coriolanus got its first trailer today courtesy of Rope of Silicon and it definitely looks epic. Fiennes takes the role of the title character, a military general whose despising of the general populous causes him to become an outcast. Mass riots ensue and Coriolanus becomes the leader of an outside force that is set to mount an attack on the current government. Along with Fiennes the film stars Gerard Butler, Vanessa Redgrave, Brian Cox, James Nesbitt, and Jessica Chastain.

The trailer looks like a powerful action epic with large fight scenes and implications of an intimate character study. However, the trailer seems to be hiding the fact that the film is a Shakespeare play with no more than a few words spoken by each character. The lines of dialogue they chose are also among the least Shakespearean with no sense of pentameter and vocabulary that could fit into any action film that would be released today. Nevertheless, I am truly excited for this film as I love Shakespeare movies and this seems like the first promising one in a while.

Check out the trailer below and definitely share your thoughts in the comments!

Coriolanus will be in theatres in the U.S. on December 2, 2011

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