Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Macbeth (2015)

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.

Mo says:


  1. I found this movie to be uninspiring and just plain boring. Yes it had it's moments but they were too few and far between.

  2. I was actually on the verge of giving this a NoMo. Just worried I would sound too ignorant!

  3. I never really got Shakspeare if I am honest. I don't take that as a sign of ignorance, just can't understand all the fuss. We were "taught" this play in school but that entailed the teacher telling us what part we were playing and then just reading it out! No effort was given by the teacher or the pupils. It was dull in the extreme!