Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tuesday’s Top Trailer: Coriolanus

Welcome to a weekly feature here at Movies with Abe, Tuesday's Top Trailer. One of my favorite parts about going to see movies is the series of trailers that airs beforehand and, more often than not, the trailer is far better than the actual film. Each week, I'll be sharing a trailer I've recently seen. Please chime in with comments on what you think of the trailer and how you think the movie is going to be.

Coriolanus – Opening December 2, 2011

This Shakespeare adaptation marks Ralph Fiennes’ directorial debut, and it looks pretty damn exciting. Admittedly, seeing “From the writer of Gladiator” does heighten my anticipation considerably since that was such an awesome action film and drama. I’m not sure this will be quite as strong, but I am thrilled about any chance to see Ralph Fiennes in a leading role, which doesn’t come around all that often. It’s very much the Russell Crowe part in “Gladiator,” but still, that’s a role in which Fiennes should be able to excel. He usually plays bad guys, and seeing him on the good side of things, like in “The Constant Gardener,” has demonstrated that he is capable of making one compelling hero. I’m particularly pleased that Gerard Butler seems to be doing something positive with his career, since he was actually quite good in “RocknRolla” and I’ve been hoping that he’d do something productive ever since then. Jessica Chastain is also in the cast (she’s in everything these days!), which is wonderful, as are Brian Cox and Vanessa Redgrave. This should be an interesting take on a Shakespeare work with which I’m not familiar, and I’m curious about its modernity, and also to see what Fiennes does behind the camera. This may get lost amid many other releases in early December, but if I had the chance, I’d see it.

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