Mycroft and Loki
Roman soldiers are brutal
Hiddles does Shakespeare
This past Sunday, my mom and I had a mother-daughter trip to "the theatre" to watch a National Theatre Live broadcast of Coriolanus. Although the production isn't a movie in the typical sense, we did watch it in a movie theater, so it totally counts to do a Haiku Revieu on it.
Coriolanus is a Shakespeare play about a Roman soldier who returns from war and tries to be a politician, with disastrous results. It's a tragedy, and it's brutal. I've never read the actual play, but the brilliance of Shakespeare's plays is that they can be understood pretty well, even if you don't quite understand all of the dialogue.
I will admit, the main reason I wanted to see Coriolanus was because Tom Hiddleston played the lead role. And, unsurprisingly, he was so good. He's such a passionate actor, and he obviously has a true dedication for doing The Bard proud. Also in the production: Mark Gatiss (Mycroft from Sherlock, writer of many an awesome episode of Doctor Who) and Alfie Enoch (Dean Thomas from Harry Potter) and quite a few other very good actors who I, sadly, didn't recognize. Everyone in the cast did a great job, but the woman who played Virgilia, Coriolanus' wife (Birgitte Hjort Sørensen) was a little overly dramatic for an already dramatic play.
The set stood out almost as a character of its own. The Donmar Warehouse is a converted banana storage warehouse in the West End of London. The set was very basic—chairs, a ladder and a painted brick wall upon which graffiti was lit. It added to the gritty starkness of the play's theme. The music was really well done, too. All in all, a fabulous production.
I've never seen a National Theatre Live broadcast before, but we had a wonderful time. I really hope I'm able to see more of them in the future. (And if they also have Hiddles in them, I wouldn't mind one bit.)