“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