Combustible Celluloid
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With: Peter Dinklage, Haley Bennett, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Ben Mendelsohn, Bashir Salahuddin, Ray Strachan
Written by: Erica Schmidt, based on a play by Edmond Rostand
Directed by: Joe Wright
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some strong violence, thematic and suggestive material, and brief language
Running Time: 124
Date: 12/17/2021

Cyrano (2021)

3 Stars (out of 4)


By Jeffrey M. Anderson

This adaptation of Edmond Rostand's play doesn't really work as a musical — even though I am a fan of the band The National, whose members created the music — and its Roxanne didn't exactly make me swoon, but it's worth seeing for Peter Dinklage's brilliant performance. Director Joe Wright's casting of Dinklage was a masterstroke, using the actor's size in the same way that previous adaptations used the character's large nose, and the actor pulls out all the stops, giving a bold, big-hearted, entirely lovable turn.

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