United Artists Released
Reviewed for Shockya.com by Abe Friedtanzer
Director: Joe Wright
Screenplay: Erica Schmidt
Actors: Peter Dinklage, Haley Bennett, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Ben Mendelsohn
Screened at: Wilshire Screening Room, 12/6/21
Opening: December 17the, 2021
Life would be much easier if those who have feelings for each other could simply express them directly and immediately recognize their mutual existence. Yet this is so rarely the case in the world and especially in the cinema, where someone assumes that another must feel differently and then goes to extravagant ways to conceal or communicate their true desires, which can have consequences. devastating and sometimes deadly. Cyrano de Bergerac is a character whose story has been told in many forms over the more than a century since it was first performed as a play, and the most recent version is a generally light musical that provides a pleasant update to the classic tale. .
Cyrano (Peter Dinklage) is an actor and a man of great intelligence. He knows how much he loves Roxanne (Haley Bennett) but doesn’t know how to tell him, and remains stunned when she reveals that she has fallen in love at the first sight of a new soldier in his company, Christian (Kelvin Harrison Jr. ). Although it pains him a lot, Cyrano begins to write love poems to Roxanne for Christian to deliver, giving a man who knows nothing about her the ultimate tool to win her heart, even if he does. is the one who has both the passion and the gift of words. .
Cyrano is based on the 2018 musical which also starred Dinklage and Bennett. He puts the energy of Cyrano’s intelligence into the song, offering the opportunity for a series of alternately humorous and heartfelt musical performances. Roxanne is entrusted with the most melodic and memorable songs, revealing of the way she is seen by both Cyrano and Christian, mesmerized by her beauty and the way she behaves. She is also the subject of the selfish and snobbish De Guiche (Ben Mendelsohn) lust, who even gets a musical opportunity to exonerate himself and assert his right to have his own feelings.
Dinklage’s casting in this role is a real plus for the film, as the very physically small actor has more than proven his ability to take on any role with the utmost commitment and presence. His Emmy winning time on Game of thrones should leave little doubt, and Dinklage brings here a similar spirit which manifests in a different way, since he is not forced to fight odious siblings, but has already won everything in his orbit except the person whose opinion really matters to him.
Opposite Dinklage, Bennett, who had a memorable role in Swallow, is exceptional, radiating warmth and sincerity from its very first moment on screen. She makes Roxanne three-dimensional and believable, truly oblivious to Cyrano’s feelings for her, but not in a way that makes her appear less brilliant and competent than she is. Harrison pursues a series of solid film picks that span a range of genres, and Mendelsohn clearly enjoys chewing up landscapes in ways he only sometimes happens to do.
Joe Wright, the British director known for period pieces like Atonement, Darkest hour, and Anna karenina, brings a knowledgeable eye to this story, grounding it in the past with the selection of colorful costumes and sets and not trying to drag it into a more modern era. Fans of previous versions of Cyrano will likely be delighted with this musical adaptation, which doesn’t offer instantly memorable songs, but maintains an endearing pace that makes watching its predictable events an enjoyable and enjoyable one worthy of all the talent involved.
History – B
Acting – B +
Technical – B +
Overall – B