'Coriolanus' is a hard play to try and deal with on any level, whether it's performing it or doing scholarship with it. That's why it is so rarely dealt with. But this film adaptation is so great, with perhaps Tom Hiddleston's Donmar Warehouse run above it. It deals with a very dense piece with five or six storylines and one that likes to jump from scene to scene so well. This is always the one I recommend to people who have not read or have not read in a while 'Coriolanus'. (Yes, I am a literature major.)
An excellent use of the "alternative present" setting seen elsewhere in film adaptations of Shakespeare. I found it remarkably unassuming, considering the general bombast of the motif. This is an almost primal exploration of the warrior ethos, perhaps on par with the works of Yukio Mishima, but it is also somewhat of a critique of public sentiments.
Saw this in 2011 at a Film Festival before the movie was released & was blown away by this incredible interpretation of Shakespeare's political tragedy, originally set in ancient Rome, but in the film it's placed into a modern day setting with a war machine in place that includes tanks & machine guns & TVs that cover the gossip & rumor. The uniforms hint fascism; the swank parties & sharp-edged architecture emphasis the gap between the bourgeois rulingclass & peasant rebels in wartorn slums