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“Go. Get you home. You fragments.” Ouch. Those are not the words of a guy who respects the people.
In this adaptation of the Shakespeare tragedy, Caius Martius (Ralph Fiennes, who also directed) quickly learns that a leader so uninterested in appealing to the masses has little chance of remaining in power. (Thoughts on that, Occupy Movement?)
Fiennes lets the pacing sag in the second half while also losing track of Martius’ enemy Aufidius (Gerard Butler), but that he gets a solid performance out of Butler lessens the wound.
The language of “Coriolanus” is often electric, as it should be in a story about a stubborn hero with fierce disdain for empty words.
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