A Review of Macbeth (2015)

“O full of scorpions, is my mind.”

Shakespeare’s Macbeth is recreated by director Justin Kurzel. Starring Michael Fassbender in the lead role and Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth, this is a solid retelling.

The calibre of acting is top notch- the cast provide powerful performances. The director uses brief flashbacks- that last only a few seconds- very well, as he does the technique of slow motion. The soundtrack is one of the best all year, truly haunting and a perfect companion to the cinematography.

The cinematographer was Adam Arkapaw. This film is beautifully shot. The landscapes, the battlefields and the castle’s are on display in a grim but elegant fashion. I have yet to see The Revenant but, so far, Macbeth and Mad Max: Fury Road have had the most impressive and memorable cinematography of 2015.

Be warned: as a moderate fan of Shakespeare I enjoyed the lengthier dialogue based scenes. This isn’t any kind of reimagining- the exact words from the original play are used in the script here. You may find the film is hard to understand at times because of this, if you’ve never read Macbeth before. A further warning; this isn’t an action film, a historical medieval epic of any sort. There is combat within, but Kingdom of Heaven this isn’t.

I have high hopes for the Assassins Creed movie that reunites the director, cinematograper, lead actor and lead actress of Macbeth (even if the script for the gaming franchise has been co-written by people with poor track records).

This film is a well crafted retelling of one of Shakespeare’s finest.

Overall Rating: 7.6/10

A Review of Macbeth (2015)

7 thoughts on “A Review of Macbeth (2015)

  1. Paul S says:

    I am honestly shocked that this film hasn’t received much recognition from the major award ceremonies. Even though the dialogue can be incomprehensible at times, it’s been a long time since I’ve seen such a brutal, profound, electrifying journey, with cinematography that truly takes the breath away.

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  2. I’m not a Shakespeare reader, never have been, but I’ll invest my time on any movie featuring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. Two fine actors who always deliver brilliant performances. Loved your review.

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    1. Thanks! I’d advise listening to the dialogue as best you can. It may be hard to unravel some of the metaphors on the fly but it’s the only way to understand the story!
      Get back to me once you’ve seen it, I’d love to hear the opinion of a non Shakespeare fan 🙂

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  3. Loved your review. I like the structure, straight to the point!

    I found the film beautiful, but have to admit to not understanding a word of it which left me disconnected from watching it.

    The revenant is as beautiful too and has the same kind of aura. There isn’t much dialogue in it though which suits it. (And I loved Mad Max: Fury road too.)

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