Macbeth

Macbeth

Justin Kurzel (2015)

112min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This masterful interpretation of the "Scottish play" from director Justin Kurzel (Snowtown) delivers an onslaught of visual and emotional bravado, setting its story of spilt blood amid billowing smoke and red, raging fire. Michael Fassbender makes a mighty, all-comers-slaying Macbeth, a general who - inspired by a prophecy and urged on by his wife - kills a king. Eeriness abounds, with Kurzel and cinematographer Adam Arkapaw liberally employing filmic audacity to reinvigorate an oft-told tale. Their ferocious imagery complements the grandiose dialogue, every syllable of which is uttered with total conviction by an exemplary cast (which includes David Thewlis and Sean Harris). As Lady Macbeth, Marion Cotillard makes for an effective counterpoint to Fassbender's battle-scarred brute, a woman whose soft, saucer-eyed beauty can't disguise her steel. Ablaze with ambition and harnessing the power of the elements for its agenda, this sensational Shakespeare adaptation is fit to excite a new generation of admirers. The setting is simple, the story well-known, yet the film is so searing it'll have you pinned to your seat.

Summary

A nobleman in medieval Scotland hears a prophecy that he will become king. He and his wife conspire to murder the monarch and take his place on the throne, but both are consumed with madness and paranoia as they seek to ruthlessly eliminate any threats to their continued rule. Shakespeare's tragedy, starring Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Paddy Considine and David Thewlis.

Cast & Crew

Macbeth Michael Fassbender
Lady Macbeth Marion Cotillard
Banquo Paddy Considine
Duncan David Thewlis
Macduff Sean Harris
Malcolm Jack Reynor
Lady Macduff Elizabeth Debicki
Lennox David Hayman
Menteith Maurice Roëves
Angus James Harkness
Director Justin Kurzel
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Studio CanalGuidance: Violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 2 Oct 2015
Drama