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Macbeth

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Macbeth

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
110 minutes
Wide Release Date:
12/04/15
performer:
Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, David Thewlis, Sean Harris
director:
Justin Kurzel
genre:
Drama, War

We gave it a B

Roman Polanski’s adaptation of the Scottish play isn’t entirely draped in darkness, but it often seems so, and the daylit shots of treacherous landscapes and the bright smears of gore only serve to shroud the proceedings further in murk. This is Shakespeare as fright show, with the director using the tale of the murderously ambitious war hero as the basis for a bloody study of guilt and paranoia. The leads may be lightweights — Annis’ pale pushiness is more suggestive of a Melrose Place hussy than a grand evildoer — but the horror’s very heavy. B

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