MOVIE REVIEW: CORIOLANUS (Ralph Fiennes, 2011)

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I hadn’t read the play that this movie was based on and after watching this, I guess I’d never get myself to doing it.

The film was set in the modern times with characters that spoke like they were in a theater (yes, they talked in Shakespearean verses) and I didn’t really get the point of this combination. It was just hard to hear people converse like that unless they were wearing tights or balloon skirts. I had more fun counting the people that walked out of the cinema.

The best things about this film were the actors and their performances. Ralph Fiennes will forever be Voldemort to me and he didn’t disappoint here. The stand-out though was Vanessa Redgrave who gave a chilling performance as a ferocious mother (reminiscent me of Jacki Weaver in Animal Kingdom). Brian Cox and Jessica Chastain rounded up the strong supporting cast.

And then there was Gerard Butler, who looked lost in all the dialogue, ready to declare war on his agent.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

MOVIE REVIEW: ANONYMOUS (Roland Emmerich, 2011)

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Probably the first Roland Emmerich movie that I liked without feeling guilty after. It was a big departure from his senseless action flicks.

Imagine a retelling of Shakespeare’s story as read on Page Six and you get pulpy good fun ala Shakespeare in Love. Only as a tragedy.

The entire British cast was spectacular, especially the majestic Vanessa Redgrave.

Rating: ★★★★☆