Movie Review: The Weinstein Company's #Macbeth


RUN TIME: 110 minutes
DIRECTED BY: Justin Kurzel
PRODUCED BY: Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Laura Hastings-Smith
STARRING: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Paddy Considine, Sean Harris, Jack Reynor, Elizabeth Debicki, David Thewlis
From the producers of THE KING’S SPEECH comes the story of a fearless Scottish General, Macbeth (Michael Fassbender), whose ambitious wife (Marion Cotillard) urges him to use wicked means to gain power of the throne. A thrilling interpretation of one of Shakespeare’s most famous and compelling characters, MACBETH is a dramatic reimagining of the realities of war-torn times and a tale of all-consuming passion and ambition. Academy Award® winners Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films (SHAME, TRACKS, MR HOLMES) produce with Laura Hastings-Smith (HUNGER). See-Saw developed the project alongside Film4. STUDIOCANAL majority financed with Film4.
The Weinstein Company

Everyone knows the story of Macbeth. Treachery, witchcraft, madness. I had to read the play twice during my educational years. Never really grabbed me like some of other’s Shakespeare’s works. But, I could not pass up Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard in the lead roles. At the end of the film, I was glad that I had made the time to see Macbeth.

I think Macbeth is a great movie for those who have to study it in school. It has all the bells and whistles that younger movie fans will appreciate. The scenery is intense and dramatic. The costumes were cool to see. The musical score was super eerie. The battle scenes were brutal and well-choreographed.

As far as the acting performances go, Cotillard was especially compelling in her role as Lady Macbeth. I sat in the theater thinking that she could probably convince anyone into murder and treason. She was mesmerizing on-screen. She made the film a better experience. I appreciated Fassbender’s acting and artistry as Macbeth, but I didn’t like him in the role. He seemed to be trying too hard. I felt that his dialogue was coming too slow, like he was enunciating too perfectly, and that lessened the effects of the madness.

All in all, it is a good film. It’s an exercise in the art of good film making. If you have never seen a Shakespeare film adaptation, this is a good place to start. If you have any student studying Macbeth, I would certainly recommend it. It is probably the best film adaptation of the play that I have seen. I am not crazy about the source material, but I love movies enough to know when others will appreciate something that I was not able to appreciate as much. Lost story short, you might like it. I appreciated it as an work of art. See Macbeth for yourself when it opens in theaters on 12/11.

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