Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Whatever Wednesday - Love

Old tale. New take. Director Joe Wright presents a lush  (light) musical (!) adaptation of Edmond Rostand's classic play Cyrano de Bergerac. This Cyrano stars lovelorn wit Peter Dinklage. It's not the nose, it's his height that keeps him yearning quietly for his dearest friend, the lovely Roxanne (Haley Bennett). She is captivated by handsome soldier Christian (Kelvin Harrison Jr). 

Christian is tongue-tied and basic but his love for Roxanne is sincere. Cyrano uses his words through letters for Christian/Roxanne to pour out his heart. Roxanne is trying to evade the disgusting suitor De Guiche (deliciously evil Ben Mendelsohn), but he has the power to send the soldiers to the front. 

The rock band the National's music is wistful, aching, and modern, and adds to the mood and nuances of this tale. Wright has directed a beautiful production. Dinklage has the most expressive face and eyes - so much emotion. Bennett's Roxanne sings, shows her smarts and beauty. Harrison's Christian has innocent youth shining through. Quite the trio of players in a love triangle. 

Swordplay, Wordplay. Love.                               Go see Cyrano!
 

14 comments:

  1. Wow. Didn't even know about this. Glad I do now!

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    1. and that's why I'm here. Glad to keep you posted on movies

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  2. Hi Joanne - I've had my eye on this for a while ... thanks for giving us an overview ... cheers Hilary

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    1. I figured you'd be up on this one. Enjoy

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  3. I don't think there's a role Peter Dinklage could take that he wouldn't excel at.

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  4. Dinklage is a very talented actor. It sounds like he shines in this one. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. yes, it's not a huge advertised movie, but very worth seeing

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  5. Sure sounds like a winner. Enjoyed his work since Threshold.

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    1. It's a good one. Not much out there yet in the theaters.

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  6. I've seen the trailers for this, it looks like a great take on the story.

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    1. I think you'd like it - quite artsy and literary.

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  7. I like new takes on old tales. The older the better :)

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