Cyrano is a musical romantic drama directed by Joe Wright. The screenplay by Erica Schmidt is based on Schmidt’s 2018 stage musical of the same name, which is based on the 1897 Edmond Rostand play Cyrano de Bergerac. This movie features one of my most beloved actors, so I couldn’t resist seeing a musical version of Cyrano with him in the starring role. I enjoyed this musical version of Cyrano even though it had an extremely sad ending.
This musical adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s classic play tells the story of Cyrano de Bergerac (Peter Dinklage) as he pines for the affections of the beautiful Roxanne (Haley Bennett), who has fallen in love with another man named Christian de Neuvillette (Kelvin Harrison, Jr). Though Cyrano understands that his social status and physical appearance will forever keep him apart from his love, he offers his skills as a gifted poet to Christian in an effort to bring him and Roxanne together once and for all.
The original Cyrano de Bergerac was shunned for having an unusually large nose. In this musical version, Cyrano thought he was unfitting because of his height. I thought the switch was brilliant. While Peter is not known for his singing skills, his charisma is unbeatable. Haley Bennett’s voice is outstanding and she truly blessed the movie with her singing. Kelvin Harrison’s performance was outstanding, rounding out a very different and entertaining version of Cyrano de Bergerac. Cyrano was nominated for several awards, including a Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy (Dinklage) at the 79th Golden Globe Awards. On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 86% of 139 critics’ reviews are positive, with an average rating of 7.1/10. The website’s consensus reads, “Uneven yet ultimately hard to resist, Joe Wright’s Cyrano puts a well-acted musical spin on the oft-adapted classic tale.” Cyrano is being released in theaters today (2/25/22) — Check It Out!
[CYRANO is Oscar-nominated at the 94th Academy Awards for Best Costume Design — Totaling 1 Oscar Nomination]