Cyrano review: Peter Dinklage-led musical has no nose for poetry or comedy of classic love story
“Panache” versus “Pride” condenses the fundamental difference in approach between
Edmond Rostand’s 1897 play
Cyrano de Bergerac
and Joe Wright’s 2021 musical rendition
The different last word uttered by the titular hero in his dying breath in the new
retelling provides insight into what it does right and what it doesn’t.
As a filmmaker, Wright has always taken pride in his literary adaptations (
Pride & Prejudice,
Atonement, Anna Karenina, The Woman in the Window
) but what they have often lacked is panache.
At their best, they have a deep musicality.
At their worst, they suffer from a distracting theatricality.
falls somewhere in between. Though complemented by the score and lyrics