|Ralph Fiennes as Coriolanus with Gerard Butler as Tullus Aufidius|
|Venessa Redgrave as Volumnia|
Coriolanus, however, is not my favorite of Shakespeare’s plays. There are thematic elements of Julius Caesar, Macbeth and Hamlet, but this tragedy is not as well crafted as the others. The story has sudden jumps and reversals of character that are hard to follow. Script editing to create a movie-length version may have exacerbated this problem. The language is not as beautiful, but it is still captivating.
My favorite line: “There is no more mercy in him than there is milk in a male tiger.”
Disclosure: I watched a preview Blue Ray disk with a movie critic friend. After previewing in December, the movie opened nationally on January 20, 2012 in the USA. I’m planning on seeing it a second time on the big screen when it comes to Maine. Movie stills photos and trailer from The Weinstein Company.