Film Review: MACBETH

Macbeth

Brutal, intense and utterly breathtaking, Justin Kurzel’s thrilling contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘Scottish play’ is spellbinding

Justin Kurzel’s critically acclaimed adaptation of MACBETH is available on VOD from iTunes from today and on DVD, Blu-Ray and Limited Edition Steelbook from 1 February.

MACBETH tells the story of a fearless warrior and inspiring leader brought down by ruthless ambition and desire. After leading his men into bloody battle supporting King Duncan (David Thewlis), Macbeth (Michael Fassbender) encounters three witches who tell him that he’s destined to become the King of Scotland. Fuelled by ambition, greed and the malicious manipulations of his wife Lady Macbeth (Marion Cotillard), Macbeth decides to murder the King Duncan and place the blame on others. But the ghosts come back to haunt Macbeth and deception, murder and madness ensue.

Brutal, intense and utterly breathtaking, Justin Kurzel’s thrilling contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘Scottish play’ is spellbinding. This tragic tale grips your senses from the beginning, with searing performances from Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.

Visually, MACBETH is one of the best films of the year. Kurzel cleverly uses slow-motion, tightly framed close-ups and time-lapse to home in on the emotions of the key characters, drawing us closer to their inner thoughts and torment. Adam Arkapaw’s gritty and breathtaking cinematography emphasises the moody, cold and isolated landscape of Scotland, while Jacqueline Durran’s costume design is simply stunning.

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Michael Fassbender (12 YEARS A SLAVE) delivers a memorising performance as Macbeth. Powerful, captivating and ferocious, Fassbender’s portrayal of a man’s descent into madness is the work of genius.

Marion Cotillard (LA VIE EN ROSE) is equally spellbinding as Lady Macbeth. In this adaptation, Lady Macbeth is given a motivation as we see her morning a child at the start and as a consequence, her interpretation is intriguingly more sympathetic than expected.

Fassbender and Cotillard are joined by a strong supporting cast. Paddy Considine brings just the right amount of integrity to Macbeth’s closest friend Banquo, while Sean Harris excels as Macbeth’s nemesis, the anguished avenging hero Macduff. Kayla Fallon, Lynn Kennedy and Seylan Baxter star as the three witches while David Thewlis stars as King Duncan.

MACBETH received critical acclaim following its theatrical release in October and was recently nominated for six MBIFAs (Moet British Independent Film Awards) including Best Director, Best British Independent Film, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Outstanding Achievement in Craft.

The film will be made available through Amazon Instant Video shortly after its theatrical release, as part of a deal between The Weinstein Company and Amazon. Fans of the film will also be able to purchase the film on DVD, Blu-Ray and Limited Edition Steelbook from 1 February. The DVD release features a host of extras including an interview with Director Justin Kurzel, an exclusive ‘The Special Effects of ‘Macbeth feature and three featurettes including ‘re-imagining of a classic’, ‘Macbeth, Casualty of War’ and ‘Lady Macbeth’.

4 Stars (4 / 5)

Macbeth [DVD] is available on VOD from iTunes from 25 January 2016 and is released on DVD, Blu-Ray and Limited Edition Steelbook from 1 February 2016.

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About Donna

Donna is the Editor of Frankly, My Dear UK. By day, she is a digital marketing whizz, by night she reviews film, theatre and music for a wide range of publications including WhatsonStage, The Public Reviews and ScreenRelish. Loves Shakespeare, prosecco and Formula 1