Macbeth (2015)

Alright, alright, I get it. Let me just say two quick things first.

  1. Yes, I know this isn’t a new release. Or even an old release for early this year (or I guess last year). But this is just a really top-notch movie that I felt I needed to talk about.
  2. Yes. It is Shakespeare. Now, believe me. I have a special little hatred in my heart for William Shakespeare. I think everyone who went through American high school does. But this movie took one of his best stories and pushed it forward in an incredible way.

 

The first impressive thing is that they took the Old English script for the play. There were a few minor cuts here and there, but they did not alter the story or script in any way except for cutting a line once or twice. This is very impressive in the way that they used old rhetoric that most people see as an entirely different language and were able to represent it completely as if it were in plain, modern English.

The main thing they used to pull this off was an incredible acting cast. Michael Fassbender did an amazing job as Macbeth, and portrayed his paranoia in an incredible way, along with an incredible delivery in every one of his lines. Marion Cotillard was just spectacular. Her skill took Lady Macbeth from her role in previous movies as merely Macbeth’s sidekick and pushed her up into Lady Macbeth’s true, meant role as the quintessential mastermind behind the whole plot. Yet my personal favorite performance was Sean Harris playing Macduff. He took Macbeth’s rival and drove him to another level. Just google ‘Macbeth 2015 macduff fight scene’ and watch a little clip. Every damn time he says “I have no words. My voice is in my sword” a chill runs down my spine. EVERY. TIME.

Now this isn’t my most detailed review, nor is it incredibly poignant to the Oscars/Golden Globes drama circling around right now, but it is an incredible movie that deserves representation. What I truly adore about this movie is how it describes the main effect of cinematic arts, meaning everything behind the acting. The visuals, the undertone, the mood. It all plays a vital role in pushing the story forward and would make Will a very proud man.

Rating: Juicy Filet

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