Photo credit: http://www.flicksandbits.com/2011/11/11/new-uk-poster-for-ralph-fiennes-coriolanus/17936/
For people who have not yet had a chance to see the film, here is a brilliant taster, the official UK trailer:
Cut and pasted from the BFI website:
A clever contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare's play of political power and intrigue, directed by and starring Ralph Fiennes.
An impressive, muscular version of Shakespeare's sometimes overlooked play about power and political pragmatism. The setting - 'a place calling itself Rome' - is a recognisably modern Balkan warzone, and writer John Logan skilfully adapts the Bard's words for more contemporary phrasing. Fiennes takes the role of Coriolanus, the war hero turned politician whose abrasive and autocratic personality does not endear him to the masses. Striking a fine balance between action and political intrigue, Coriolanus is a clever contemporary adaptation, and a most accomplished debut.
My review is here:
But, in a nutshell, this film is a masterclass in how to place Shakespeare in a contemporary setting and not lose one iota of authenticity or compromise a sliver on fidelity to the text.
Luckily this is still playing in a few selected cinemas in London and I intend to see it once more on the big screen before it leaves cinemas for good, purely because of the beauty and the poetry of the verse-speaking across the cast; I can really learn how to use Shakespeare's language to its most powerful effect through watching and learning from the actors here.