CYRANO MOVIE REVIEW
This musical interpretation of the classic play Cyrano de Bergerac by director Joe Wright and writer Erica Schmidt stars Peter Dinklage in the lead, substituting the character’s famous oversized nose for Dinklage’s height as his one source of insecurity. He’s long been in love with his friend Roxanne (Haley Bennett) but assumes she would have no interest in him romantically because of his size. Despite this, he is an accomplished poet and warrior, a captain in the local guard, and a guy who generally not only will take no crap about his differences but has the skill both verbally and physically to back it up. When a handsome young new recruit in the guard named Christian (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) catches the eye of Roxanne (and vice-versa) she begs Cyrano to protect him and he pleads with Cyrano to help him with his words. As good-looking as he is, he’s no poet and Roxanne requires more than just a handsome beau to win her heart. Reluctantly Cyrano becomes the voice of Christian to woo Roxanne. And if you’ve seen the 1987 Steve Martin adaptation Roxanne, well, let’s just say this doesn’t end as happily. Chris, Harmoni, Sarah, and Marco take a crack at this one and find very mixed results.
DIRECTED BY: Joe Wright
STARRING: Peter Dinklage, Haley Bennett, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Ben Mendelsohn, Bashir Salahuddin, Monica Dolan, Joshua James, Ray Strachan
Christopher Lawrence Cox (Founder, Da Boss)
Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas in 1992 where ever since he’s dabbled in everything from plumber’s assistant to sandwich maker, from band to bar management. An opportunity to see theatrical release films for free by becoming a critic on a local public access show called “The Reel Deal” turned into a full-time job when Chris and his friends decided to take it to the internet. They built the site Spill.com, adding multiple podcasts and animated features, to no small amount of success. During this time, a fortuitous friendship sprung up between Chris and young Brian Salisbury, who was also a local film critic, and they merged their forces of will, and their laundry list of ideas for shows, to eventually build this community of critics. While Brian eventually followed his heart to a new family, Chris continues on with a cast of colorful folks from all over the country (and a few others). You can also check out Chris in his videocast, along with Martin Thomas and Danni Danger, that One Of Us does with our friends at Bell of Lost Souls: Crossover Event. He also regularly guests on the video game website Rage Select. Follow Chris on Twitter and Facebook and check out his Amazon Wish List.
Harmoni Anderson (Screener Squad, Highly Suspect Reviews, Unstabletop Gaming)
Harmoni is a mermaid-haired, millennial, rum drinking, Section 31, Slytherin (who’s divorced J.K. Rowling) preschool/nursery teacher and multi genre geek who also loves all things film, tv, fashion, makeup, and an embarrassingly huge BTS stan. Like really embarrassing. As in, mention them and then sit back and watch the insanity. Harmoni likes being able to game and talk movies/TV with people that aren’t 3 feet tall or all that demanding of her. Plus she can curse at us and not get fired….so bonus!
Sarah Jane (Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad)
Sarah Jane was born and raised in Southern California but currently calls Austin, TX her home. She’s seen over 5,700 movies so far with zero plans on stopping. She has a penchant for all things exploitation, and she loves Godzilla with all her heart. Her favorite films are Deep Red, Le Samourai, and Miller’s Crossing. When she isn’t watching movies, she’s busy herding her four cats, her husband, and her 11-year-old kiddo. She’s been a contributor to TalkFilmSociety, Daily Grindhouse, FThisMovie!, Looper, and the Austin Chronicle. You can find her on Twitter and Letterboxd at @fookthis.
Marco Noyola (Digital Noise, Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad, Audio Editor)
By day, Marco is a mild-mannered office worker, but by night he is a mild-mannered movie watcher. He does other mild-mannered stuff too.
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