DVD/Blu-ray: Coriolanus (15)


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"Was ever a man as proud as this Martius?" sneers James Nesbitt's Tribune in Ralph Fiennes' modern-day update of Shakespeare's exceptionally bleak and humourless tale of a heroic soldier (played by Fiennes, below) who is pushed– mostly by his terrifyingly driven mum (Vanessa Redgrave) – into politics.

It doesn't suit him and his lack of political savvy spells tragedy for him, his wife (the ubiquitous Jessica Chastain) and his pal Menenius (Brian Cox). A punishing experience.