14 January 2016

Macbeth 2015

  • Director: Justin Kurzel
  • Based on the play by William Shakespeare
  • Cast: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Paddy Considine, David Thewlis, David Hayman, Sean Harris
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Michael Fassbender – Prometheus, Jane Eyre, Inglourious Basterds, Fish Tank, Hunger
    • Marion Cotillard – The Dark Knight Rises, Contagion, Inception, Nine, Public Enemies, La vie en rose, A Good Year, Un long dimanche de fiancailles, Big Fish
    • Paddy Considine – The World’s End, Hot Fuzz, My Summer of Love, In America, 24 Hour Party People, Born Romantic
    • Davis Thewlis – The Theory of Everything, the Harry Potter films, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Kingdom of Heaven, Whatever Happened to Harold Smith?, The Big Lebowski, Naked, Life is Sweet
    • David Hayman - The Hollow Crown – Henry IV Part 1, Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, My Name is Joe, Smilla’s Sense of Snow, Rob Roy, Sid and Nancy
    • Sean Harris– Prometheus, Brighton Rock, Harry Brown, 24 Hour Party People
  • Why? Shakespeare
  • Seen:  13 January 2016 at the cinema with Hal 

       Macbeth at the cinema – that should be a real cinematic experience.
       Well. An experience, but not the one I’d hoped for. It’s so slow it’s almost in slow motion. The lines are spoken in a monotone, facial expressions are essentially absent. I’m all for minimalism but did the director give his cast the order, ‘Whatever you do, don’t reveal any inner torment, doubt or remorse!’ In this play that’s all about inner torment, doubt and remorse. A less dramatic Macbeth is hard to imagine. It left me cold. And this is the play that ignited my passion for Shakespeare.
       I did like the harsh and beautiful Scottish landscape, and the choice to use simple wooden buildings and tents for the period before Macbeth is crowned king is a good one. The loving attention to visual effects gives the film a lift.
       Shakespeare is worth so much more. But Shakespeare also rises above this kind of misguided treatment. So it’s worth a couple of stars. David Thewlis, Sean Harris and especially Paddy Considine all show some emotion in spite of the above mentioned order and raise it a little more.

2 ½ * of 5


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