Macbeth

2015

Action / Drama / History / War

38
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 80%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 70%
IMDb Rating 6.6 10 46423

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Elizabeth Debicki as Lady Macduff
Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth
Sean Harris as Macduff
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839.56 MB
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English
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24 fps
1hr 53 min
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1920*800
English
R
24 fps
1hr 53 min
P/S 7 / 24

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by TheExpatriate700 4 / 10

Hell Is Murky and So Is Scotland

Macbeth is a beautifully shot but in many respect weak adaption of Shakespeare's play. Although the major performers give it their best, they are undermined by at times odd choices in staging by the director. The result is pretty but ultimately underwhelming.

On one hand, the Scottish play has never been more beautiful. The cinematography makes excellent use of lighting, fog, smoke, and more fog. Scotland has never been gloomier, nor have battles looked more ominous. The excellent camera work is complemented by good use of the landscape of the Scottish highlands.

The acting, while not mind blowing, does the material justice. Michael Fassbender embodies Macbeth's descent into madness, slowly transitioning from reluctant killer into bloodthirsty tyrant. Although her performance is less showy, Marion Cotillard does well with her role as Lady Macbeth. She is helped by some changes from the original play that make her shift from ruthless killer to guilt ridden maniac more plausible.

However, this is undermined by some odd choices in direction, which range from distracting to outright ruining scenes. For instance, whenever a character is talking, the camera zooms into his or her face, to the point that it borders on self-parody. Moreover, in some scenes the overall murkiness is overdone, as in the climactic fight between Macbeth and Macduff where it is hard to tell what is going on through all the smoke.

One especially poorly executed scene is the banquet where Banquo's ghost appears. When Macbeth talks to the hired killers, he practically announces the murder to the entire room. While the convention of the stage whisper works in the theater, it makes no sense in a cinema production and renders Macbeth's attempts to feign surprise at Banquo's failure to appear comical.

In the end, this flawed execution undermines the beautiful camera work and effective performances.

Reviewed by Romeo Lineng 7 / 10

Tragedy

It seems everybody forgot today what the real tragedy is. In conditions of eternal fear to consult anyone's feelings, the genre of clear tragedy vanishes completely. If only George Martin allows to himself to kill consistently several characters in his books, we can hear yellings like 'he is a slasher!' or 'he kills everybody!'. It's strange for me, as we do not mind of blood rivers and streams in Tarantino's movies. Maybe because it is funny', I guess.

Let's refer to an encyclopedia: 'Tragedy - branch of drama that treats in a serious and dignified style the sorrowful or terrible events of private or a public character encountered or caused by a heroic individual and usually leads to the hero's death'. Some Shakespeare's plays are tragedies and they were and will be it, as you might want it or not. If the place and time of the action moved, the meaning will be not changed. As it is important to understand the Chekhov is the great playwright of dramas, the same time it is important to realize why Shakespeare is the great tragedian.

If you are not afraid to wade through the wilds of Scottish English with its archaic words, if there is no fear in your brave heart of the Shakespeare's iamb, if you love Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard in particular and British actors in general, so you have to watch this film.

Reviewed by Michael Ledo 10 / 10

A dagger of the mind

MacBeth kills the king, becomes king and can't handle the guilt. Blood imagery, darkness, and a ghost if I recall my High School British Literature class of 1972.

The Shakespearean masterpiece has been made into a modern action film, making me think this was one of the first cabin-in-the -woods slashers. I loved the acting, the cinematography (even when the sun was glaring on the lens) and the scenery. Marion Cotillard ending soliloquy had me lighting Bics and tossing Frisbees. She was that good. Fassbender did a heck of a job nailing a king crazed with guilt. The three "witches" from the play appear to be "fates" in the film which worked out nicely. Yes, much has been cut out.

I was glued to the screen as I did not want to miss a word, because at times it was hard to understand what they were saying between accents and hithers. At times I felt I was watching art. I would be surprised if this was not nominated a number of Golden Globes or Oscars.

Guide: No nudity. Clothed above the waist sex scene. IMDB claims there is absolutely no swearing...except for that one "damn" word. Now I did hear something that sounded like "skull f--- me thunder." I don't think that is what MacBeth said to his wife, but it just sounded that way. Could someone toss me a bone on that one?

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