Movie Review: MacBeth (2015)

MacBeth has filmed many times, by many actors and directors. The most recent production is Justin Kurzel’s production starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cottilard as the titular monarch and his wife.

Kurzel’s film is highly stylized. The Scottish countryside exudes a chill atmosphere, that sets the bleak tone of “The Scottish Play.” I will also mention that the battle scenes have a certain feeling of brutality to them, if stylized again. Your fantasy and war story touchstones won’t much exceed this film of MacBeth, excepting, perhaps, Game of Thrones, which I have not seen so as to compare them.

Michael Fassbender does an excellent job as MacBeth, excepting that there was too much quiet in the plotting conversations for my poor hearing. And Marion Cotillard was equally as good as Lady MacBeth, once again excepting the same flaw, which I blame on the director in both cases.

I will say that this version is shorter than a lot listed elsewhere – Rupert Goold’s production starring Patrick Steward was forty minutes longer; the BBC version starring Brenda Bruce was thirty minutes longer; the version directed by Polanski was thirty minutes longer. In acheiving this, there are many of the purely expository scenes cut or combined. Some have complained about this, but I don’t see it as a particular problem.

I would say that I liked this version of MacBeth, though it is suitably bleak, and dark as a production of MacBeth tends to be. Fans of Shakespeare and those of the Scottish Play are well advised to see this film.

The US trailer is at the top of this post.

I will also include links to some of the other trailers.

UK Trailer

International Trailer

All three are similar, but slightly different.

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