Dinklage trades the usual prosthetic nose for his stature, which gets in the way here of expressing his love for his cousin Roxanne (Haley Bennett), whose affection for him is strictly platonic.
But of course, Roxanne has fallen for handsome Christian (Kelvin Harrison Jr.), who despite his striking features lacks confidence or style when it comes to the art of romance. The tricky solution is for Cyrano to write to him (and in the famous balcony scene, speak for him), expressing his love for Roxanne without revealing the source or his true feelings.
Like many recent releases, “Cyrano” has taken a circuitous route to the screen. The film received an Oscar qualifying run – its only nomination for costume design – and then its official release was delayed due to the Omicron variant. So it comes later and with less fanfare than the producers clearly hoped.
Thanks to the cast (which also includes the nearly unrecognizable Ben Mendelsohn as the villainous De Guiche), “Cyrano” is worth watching, now or later. But it’s a relatively modest addition to the title’s story, where the music at least subtracts as much as it adds to the story’s inherent poetry.
“Cyrano” will premiere in select U.S. theaters on February 25. It is rated PG-13.