Visually stunning adaptation of William Shakespeare's famous play, which focuses on a Scottish lord named Macbeth (Michael Fassbender) and his power-hungry wife (Marion Cotillard). After Macbeth hears a prophecy that he will become the king of Scotland, he becomes fixated on taking throne and decides to murder the current king to do so. Elizabeth Debicki, Sean Harris, David Thewlis, and Jack Reynor co-star. Directed by Justin Kurzel (The Snowtown Murders).~Jennifer Lackman
Before you buy this movie keep in mind that they will talk in Shakespirian language, so it will be kinda hard to actually understand if you are not familiarized with it. Having said that, I believe this is the mist faithful adaptation to the source material that I have seen, with an excellent performance by Michael Fassbender. If you enjoy slow-burn films and Shakespeare, then you will enjoy this one.
A little slow + low on production but great finish
If you're looking for a modernized version or one with highly stylized music/production, you might be a bit bored by this version which is a little quiet and slow going but it has a great ending which makes it more than worth seeing. I think it could have used a bit more music for evoking emotion-it was very stripped down, but that was obviously the director's choice to make it seem more stark (like Macbeth needs help with that). It did make it seem more medieval as opposed to some other films in the same genre which are a bit too modernized to be realistic. I don't want to give away the ending, but suffice it say, you've never seen Birnam wood come to Dunsinane quite like this, very inventive if not true to Shakespeare's intentions but I think he would approve.
if your taking the time to read my reviews. first i would like to say thanks also what is wrong with you. if you know my reivew by now you know that im a sucker for VISUAL. acting is good but the slo mo scenes are killer. ur welcome.
Stellar performances from Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard help bring Justin Kurzel's retelling of Shakespeare's classic tale to life. While remaining mostly faithful to it's source materials orgins, "Macbeth" still delivers its own visual style and flair in this dark tale of ambition, passion and self destruction amongst the horror and carnage of war torn Scottland. Fassbender sizzles as the lead and Cotillard brings her protrayal of the iconic Lady MacBeth to new heights. This bloody and cold retelling carries the weight of the story-line's unspeakable deed to the forefront, forever changing its protagonists to the point of madness. This excellent adaptation is a wonderful homage to Shakespeare's original work and is well worth the watch.
This is probably the only Shakespeare play I enjoy after Hamlet. It's imagery is very raw and brutal I felt, which is a good thing. The battle scenes are well coordinated and the costumes are nice as well. Macbeth is played by magneto aka Micheal Fassbender and his wife is played by Talia from the dark knight rises. But be aware that the dialogue is "ye olde english" as Shakespeare wrote, that might be off putting for some.
For those that like 300, Game of Thrones AND Shakespeare, this is the adaptation for you. For everyone else, you will find equal emphasis on text and violence, however that suits you. There is real anguish and savagery here, some strong performances and good use of location. Best film adaptation since Polanski's version, to which it bears resemblance.
This is the film adaptation that Macbeth deserves. The acting is superb and the cinematography is gorgeous from opening scene to credits. The film is very subdued in a good way. The scenery, battle scenes, and even the acting is reserved and pays homage to its theatrical roots.