Thursday, August 11, 2011

"Coriolanus"

Do you like Shakespeare? Do you like "eclectic" adaptations of classical plays and books that place the words and story in a unique and unexpected visual context? Are you not quite yet bored to tears by said "unique and unexpected visual context" being another mashup of Ancient Rome, Facism and the present-day United States to make a really on-the-nose "point?" Well, have I got a trailer for you...

13 comments:

Sylocat said...

"Bored to tears?" I can think of only two instances in recent memory.

Not that this looks any good, but still, I don't think a glut of these is necessarily the problem here.

AmzRigh said...

Wow, really? Coriolanus? I wrote a paper on the play in high school; never expected to see a movie.

I may have to see it on curiosity alone.

Euler d'Moogle said...

Call me a Shakespeare snob, but if this show up in my local movie-plex, you bet your (rear) I'll watch it.

biomechanical923 said...

I never read the play, but I LOVE watching the downfall of a tragic hero. You bet your ass I'll see this.

WilhelmVonHaig said...

The trailer appears to be down here, so heres a link thats working at the time of posting. enjoy.
http://www.joblo.com/movie-news/first-trailer-for-modern-day-shakespeare-film-coriolanus

Blue Highwind said...

Well, Lionsgate, I had never heard of your movie, so you stupidly decide to go out your way so I CAN'T SEE IT?? When did Lionsgate decide that some advertising was bad advertising? What, are they STUPID??

Well, fuck this movie then. If Lionsgate is going to be a dick about it, I don't care anymore.

biomechanical923 said...

@Blue Highwind
You know you sound a lot like the people who complain about Japan-only localizations of video games.

Dave from canada said...

You know, I'm getting tired of all these adaptations and modernizations. You know what I want? 100% accuracy to the source material. Give me Macbeth in actual scotland, not gangland chicago. Give me the wizard of oz without the last 3rd of the story being cut off an half the characters merged and turned into cyborgs.

Give me a movie version of our greatest classical works that gets even a fraction of the care the harry potter universe gets.

CraftyAndy said...

I would of been bored to tears if this was trying to be played out as a straight action movie. The modern day setting pared with the dialogue gives a surreal feeling I really like.

The Offender said...

Video isn't working, shame sounded interesting.

Joe said...

I saw Coriolanus at the Stratford Festival a couple of years ago with Colm Feore in the title role. More or less set in Republican Rome, but the costuming was half togas and half Dark Ages-era weapons and armour. I didn't know much about it beforehand, but it turned out to be one of the most badass plays the Bard ever wrote.

Shakespeare's always going to be interpreted in the context of the current time and place. That's a big part of the reason for his longevity.

@Dave from Canada:

Shakespeare never gave two shits about historical or cultural accuracy, and definitely not at the expense of popular appeal. So why should his adapters?

Jacob said...

I don't think anyone is under the impression that you can really do ANYTHING new or edgy with Shakespeare. It seems to be more a matter "Choose the aesthetic that works for your vision, get actors who know their shit, make movie."
I'd also like to point out the absurdity of making any Shakespeare "true to the source". With Shakespeare there are no directions, only dialogue. Retain his words, you retain the source material.
Plus "original context" versions have already been done...a LOT, most of them come off really campy.
You go watch Polanski's MacBeth, then watch the Patrick Stewart version from last year, then tell me which one scared the fuck out of you, and which one was just kind of...meh

cathal said...

I can think of zero amalgamations of rome, fascism and modern America. Maybe it'll seem obvious once you name them all, but right now I'm drawing a blank.