Joe Wright’s retelling of the classic tale of Cyrano De Bergerac is an astonishing achievement with stunning visuals and performances from Peter Dinklage and Haley Bennett that allow the film to soar to new heights. While to some, the idea of Cyrano as a musical might seem odd, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. The film is adapted from the stage musical written by Erica Schmidt that was presented at the Goodspeed Opera House (Schmidt also happens to be married to Dinklage). The stage musical also starred the two leads from the film, so there is some familiarity with the source material.
Perhaps Wright’s most important decision was in what period would his story take place. Having the story take place in the 17th century made the most sense and played to the director’s strengths. Bringing Kelvin Harrison on board to play Christian was undoubtedly a great call. He not only possesses the acting and singing talents to pull of this critical role. While Cyrano has wit, skill, and bravery, Christian appearance is something he longs for. How could Cyrano’s one true love ever adore a man of his stature? Dinklage and Harrison are fantastic on screen and together slowly push Cyrano’s inner turmoil to the forefront. Could you love someone so much that you would see her happy with another man? Would you help the wrong man become her one true love?
The costume and production design in the film are exquisite and just the perfect touch to Wright’s latest release. Bryce and Aaron Dessner’s score is just sublime and certainly a strong contender this award season. Hayley Bennett and Peter Dinklage are amazing together. The success of Cyrano, though, is due primarily to a performance by Dinklage that’s one for the ages. Heartbreaking, Heartfelt, and powerful are just 3 of the many adjectives we could use to describe his work in the film, which will all but certainly earn him an Oscar nomination. Wright’s Cyrano will leave you swooning.