“Children need love. Adults need money.” – Mother
Number of Times Seen – 1 (25 Jan 2022)
Brief Synopsis – Self conscious about his looks, Cyrano De Bergerac decides to woo the woman that he loves via a handsome friend.
My Take on it – Such a great and engaging adaptation of this famous story.
Love the idea to change Cyrano’s impediment to dwarfish instead of a long nose because it makes things so much more relatable to a modern audience.
This adaptation works so well in helping establish the kind of friendship that Cyrano and Roxanne have and explains why he chooses to find a way to express his love via a fellow soldier who has looks, but very weak verbal abilities like Cyrano possesses.
The movie does an amazing job of adding music to much of the dialogue and present them al in song form which enhances things so much.
Ben Mendelsohn is once again cast as a villain in a movie and he is the one weak point here due to the fact that he seems to be playing the same villainous character that he always plays.
Peter Dinklage is superb in the title role and really helps makes this version of the story among the very best ones and despite getting various nominations during this awards season, he is even more deserving of some wins for his work here.
The chemistry between the characters is great and it’s so easy to sympathize with any (and all) of them.
The production and sets are also exquisite to look at and helps make things feels so much more realistic and historical.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Savinien de Cyrano de Bergerac (1619-1655) was a real-life French writer. In 1897, Edmond Rostand wrote a highly-fictionalized version of Cyrano’s life. Rostand’s version of events has inspired many further retellings. This film is based on the stage play written by Erica Schmidt which premiered in 2019 with Peter Dinklage in the leading role. Schmidt and Dinklage are a married couple in real life. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)
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