One of Shakespeare’s darkest and most complex plays, “Macbeth” is given a modern take by Justin Kurzel, alongside Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. The grand film balances outer flair and inner turmoil, along with great cinematic features. Unlike most Shakespeare, “Macbeth” isn’t flamboyant or flashy, but instead full of self-loathing and slow decay by the main characters.
“Macbeth” is the tale of a Scottish Thane, who learns of a prophecy from three witches, that he will become king. Persuaded by his wife, Macbeth kills the current king, and frames it on two guards. After finally becoming king, Macbeth and his wife begin their ascent into guilt that eventually leads to their deaths.
While “Macbeth” has been done many times before, very few times is it done with the skill that shows the true complexity of the characters guilt. Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard play this in spades, giving the characters so much depth and layers that, while the dialogue can be hard to understand at times, you know the whole story.
While the dialogue can be difficult to understand, the statements make it across by the acting. When Lady Macbeth returns to her village, the guilt and sadness that she has is so clear upon her face. Macbeth crying after he becomes king is one of the best scenes to ever happen in a Shakespearean movie, because it is subtle and tells the whole story.
The misty landscape of Scotland help convey the cloudiness of Macbeth’s mind, and make for a beautiful movie. The traditional score also help the feeling of Scotland get across and make for a truly beautiful experience.
“Macbeth” is surely to be made again, however this version will surely be one of the greater ones that has been made.