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|Contributor||Marion Cotillard, David Thewlis, Justin Kurzel, Michael Fassbender, Paddy Considine|
|Runtime||1 hour and 48 minutes|
Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard star in this adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy. After three witches foretell that Scottish nobleman Macbeth (Fassbender) will be king he becomes obssessed by the idea. Encouraged by his wife Lady Macbeth (Cotillard), his ambition becomes all-consuming and he kills the reigning monarch, King Duncan (David Thewlis). But Macbeth becomes a tyrannical ruler, filled with anxiety over who he can trust... The cast also includes Elizabeth Debicki, Sean Harris, Paddy Considine and David Hayman.
- Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
- Package Dimensions : 18 x 13.8 x 1.5 cm; 70 Grams
- Director : Justin Kurzel
- Media Format : Blu-ray, PAL
- Run time : 1 hour and 48 minutes
- Release date : 11 February 2016
- Actors : Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Paddy Considine, David Thewlis
- Studio : Transmission
- ASIN : B01DOQ4HAU
- Country of origin : Australia
- Number of discs : 1
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As others have pointed out the film does drift some from the Bard's writings, though the opening sequences are well
portrayed and should please most.
In the mist of battle 'Macbeth' (Michael Fassbender) encounters three Witches who foretell that he would one day be King.
The ambitious 'Macbeth' some while after returning home to his wife Lady Macbeth (Marion Cotillard) does indeed become
King after murdering King Duncan (David Thewlis)
Racked with guilt of his reign it becomes increasingly marked with bloodshed as he drifts toward madness seeing images of
those he had ordered killed and those that had fallen in battle.
His wife equally to blame as he turns upon those he once called friend a path that would almost certainly lead to his own downfall.
Must admit i did enjoy this more than i expected, the trailer drew me in some while back....
The writings of Shakespeare' of course has many fans and followers World-Wide, though i have to admit i am not one of them in
truth, i remember dreading Literature Lessons during my years at school, i remember having to read passages to the class from
his works, and indeed having to write compositions on what we had learnt from reading his plays, i must have taken note as my
marks on the subject were indeed good from memory, though to this day my thoughts on Shakespeare's writings remain the same.
However, this adaptation of Macbeth is in my view highly watchable.....the haunting images, the cinematic presentation, the glorious
rugged scenery, the atmospheric score .....all contributing to the spectacle.
If i had to pick out the one outstanding performance in the film it would be that of 'Marion Cotillard' in the role of Lady Macbeth.
Everybody i'm sure will have different takes on the film after watching.
Interview with Director - Justin Kurtzel
Reimagining of a Classic - Featurette
Mackbeth, Casualty of War - Featurette
The witches, all too easily a laughable aspect, are presented effectively with the addition of an eerie child. It is difficult to understand large parts of the text due to the large variety of accents and intonations on display. The final scenes are well staged, and the interpolated opening scene helps makes sense of the rest of the story. Worth watching as an adaptation, but there are better ones available on film.
The acting is spot on. Macbeth is simultaneously a grieving father, a warrior, a leader of men yet racked with doubt, a gracious host and a foul murderer - and he's utterly convincing as all of these. How full of scorpions is his mind indeed. Lady Macbeth is absolutely the complex and sinister villain you'd expect from the role.
It's worth repeating how beautiful the cinematography is. So for the positive sides you've got some damn fine actors spouting gobsmackingly beautiful Shakespearean dialogue in the gorgeously dark and barren highlands of Scotland. All this makes it well worth watching.
But... sometimes it feels a little too up itself. The director seemed to forget he was telling a story and concentrated on winning awards at Cannes. Some of the more melodramatic scenes have been toned down or cut out altogether. Most notably, there's no "fire burn and cauldron bubble" speech. The "witches" are just ordinary people who live in a field. OK, I get how you would tone things down to interpret the play, but it's just a little too much. Lady Macbeth's sleepwalking scene also feels just a bit odd. She's just sat on the floor delivering a soliloquy whilst doing precisely nothing. That's not how I pictured the scene at all.
Too often the characters seem to be talking to themselves when they should be interacting with each other. Rather a lot of dialogue appears to have been cut from the play which probably shouldn't have been, leading to some oddly long silent sequences, especially at the start. Lots of quiet brooding here when there should be more explicit emotion. More interactions needed. It's like the goal was to try and blur the line between the soliloquies and the ordinary interactions - if so, this is a failure. Which is not to say that the film doesn't do a darn fine job when it's being a bit more conventional.
And why is it that Macbeth, a nobleman and commander of the royal army, lives in a small wooden hut in the field ? He can't even afford to give Duncan a room, so he has to sleep in a tent. That just seemed... odd.
Even so, it's a fine piece of work overall.