Don't get me wrong, the film itself is gritty, well shot (nice breakout directing job by Ralph Fiennes) and the cast give fantastic performances, I just don't dig war flicks, even if they are laced with violence and political intrigue. I do however, like the concept behind the plot, the idea that he's got to align himself with his greatest enemy to destroy the place he'd have given his life for. Gerard Butler's a man made for action, no question there, but I'm still amazed at the fact that despite his commanding performance in 300, all he's really been given as action titles are pretty much GAMER (and underrated gem) and LAW ABIDING CITIZEN which doesn't really count. He's great here, you can feel the energy between him and Ralph Fiennes, whose also brilliant, especially considering he's directing the damn thing as well! The initial battle where Fiennes and his men go after Butler is a page right out of BATTLEFIELD 3 (a badass shooter game that came out last year). Bullets are flying, people are getting picked off left and right, it's pandemonium but in an exciting way, especially when Fiennes catches up to Butler. The fight scenes were well shot, well acted and well executed.
CORIOLANUS has it's pros, but it's still not without cons. I'm not big on war flicks true, so in order to not be bias I don't count that against the film. However, as anyone who went and saw ROMEO AND JULIET in theaters (the Leo one) will tell you, getting around the Elizabethan dialogue does take a distinct type of patience. I'm not sure which I'd rather have, that, or subtitles, though I'd prefer neither. That said, not using Elizabethan dialogue would devoid the film of any Shakespearian influence making the whole thing a moot point anyway, so I at least see why they did it that way. I'm also not all for his mother's character (played by the always awesome Vanessa Redgrave) and how easily she's willing to turn on her son (Et tu, mama!?), and then there's the payoff (or lack thereof) for our main character which also sucks major ballsack. But then again, they don't call it a Shakespearian tragedy for nothing.
The Making of Coriolanus: Like the commentary, this making of segment focuses upon Fiennes and his love of both the source material and his craft. He must have been really anxious to see HARRY POTTER end so he could point his wand at other projects.
Previews: There's a couple trailers as well as a DVD Copy of the film.