Tagline: Have you ever loved someone?
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director: Joe Wright
Cast: Peter Dinklage, Haley Bennett, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Ben Mendelsohn, Bashir Salahuddin, Monica Dolan, Joshua James, Anjana Vasan, Ruth Sheen, Glen Hansard, Sam Amidon, Scott Folan, Mark Benton, Richard McCabe, Peter Wight, Tim McMullan, Mark Bagnall, Mike Shepherd, Paul Biddiss, Katy Owen, Paul Hunter, Celeste Dodwell, Celeste Dring, Bettrys Jones, Nandi Bhebhe, Colin Mace, Lucas Peters, Leo Rait, Kyla Goodey, Beverly Rudd, Giles King, Carl Grose, Sarah Wright, John Locke
Runtime: 124Plot: A man ahead of his time, Cyrano de Bergerac dazzles whether with ferocious wordplay at a verbal joust or with brilliant swordplay in a duel. But, convinced that his appearance renders him unworthy of the love of a devoted friend, the luminous Roxanne, Cyrano has yet to declare his feelings for her—and Roxanne has fallen in love, at first sight, with Christian.
It's a handsome production (Sarah Greenwood, designer) with excellent cinematography by Seamus McGarvey and Costumes by Massimo Cantini Parrini (Oscar nominated). Joe Wright's Direction has his usual panache, but, always in service to the text and characters. Aaron Dessner and Bryce Dessner adapt their stage music to good effect, even if some of the songs' lyrics aren't all equal to the score. The cast performs them with energy and emotion.
While the story holds few surprises, it is the quality of the acting here that elevates the production. Bennett treads the fine line between Roxanne's intelligence on one hand, and the character's heedless love at first sight emotions. Still, without Dinklage, this Cyrano would simply be yet another a well mounted version. One of the finest actors of his generation, Dinklage gives the character an inner strength and pathos that goes far beyond stature alone. One truly feels the turmoil a life of unrequited love (and respect) his Cyrano has endured. It's a beautifully rendered performance, that also requires great physical skill both outwardly and emotionally. His performance is cinema poetry of the highest order.