Starring: Peter Dinklage, Haley Bennett, Kelvin Harrison Jr., and Ben Mendelsohn
Director: Joe Wright
Director Joe Wright’s take on Cyrano de Bergerac may not exactly sweep the Oscars, but Cyrano is an admirable and general success nonetheless. Led by an accomplished performance from the great Peter Dinklage, this musical adaptation does about as well as it can do despite the reservations present in the craft of it. Almost everyone sings well enough for their own part, though the music itself is not especially great. However, there is much bravado in the filmmaking, so we’re left with something engaging but largely unremarkable. That said, this may be the best Haley Bennett has ever been.
Cyrano is excellent, except when it isn’t. There are definitely moments of excellence. The “Overcome'' musical number is genuinely jaw dropping, and I did enjoy the film’s love story (Peter Dinklage is an absolute marvel). That said, while it does pick up in the second act, the first act drags. A lot of the time, the script gets in its own way in terms of telling a cohesive narrative. Much of the music is kinda bland too (though, not all of it). Overall, not bad, but not great either.