Director: Justin Kurzel. Cast: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Paddy Considine, David Thewlis, Sean Harris. 113 min. Rated R. UK/France/USA. Drama/War.
When it comes to a Macbeth remake, it's all about whether there's any new twist on "that scene": how the three witches look, how Duncan's assassination is managed, how ominous Banquo's ghost looks at the dinner banquet, how Macbeth meets his end. Polanski's version of Macbeth introduced me to the play, and Kurosawa's version expanded the concept, but in lieu of the attractive cinematography here, I was expecting a more memorable performance by Fassbender and Cotillard in the lead. They're entirely replaceable by other actors.