written by Souranath Banerjee
A visual extravaganza that makes even a tragedy look ravishing!
My Ratings: 4.2/5.
What is common between directors like Orson Welles, Roman Polanski, Akira Kurosawa, Vishal Bhardwaj, Billy Morrissette, Philip Casson and (recently included) Justin Kurzel?
Well, they have all managed to successfully put forward the epic Shakespearian tragedy on screen; a tale so heavy on greed, ambition, deceit and conscience, the story of none other than the King of Scotland – Macbeth.
This latest adaptation by director Justin Kurzel (of The Snowtown Murders fame) is probably the most artistic account of the play till date.
The basic storyline is of course the same.
Macbeth (Michael Fassbender), a brave Scottish general (Thane of Glamis) receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that he will be the next King of Scotland! To fulfill his ambition/prophecy and coaxed by his enterprising wife Lady Macbeth (Marion Cotillard), he slays King
Duncan (David Thewlis) and himself becomes the King. And then he gets rid of all his enemies and anybody who suspects him, except his own conscience.
Other than the brilliant cinematography by Adam Arkapaw the film owes its brilliance entirely to the acting department.
Over the years Michael Fassbender has become one of the best in his profession. In this film, he has taken Macbeth’s desperation, tyranny, loneliness and the deep sense of guilt to such depth, his eyes in the light of the fire, his paranoia, his enslavement to absolute power – all portrayed to perfection.
And Marion Cotillard is always a delight to watch, such a powerful actress!
Though the film faithfully follows the original acts of the theatrical version, but director Kurzel’s powerful visual style of storytelling makes full use of all the remarkable cinematic techniques and brings out the emotions to a different level. And also, special credit to the screenwriters Jacob Koskoff, Michael Lesslie and Todd Louiso for such a brilliant adaptation of the original Bard’s poetry.
You need not have to be a fan of the works of Shakespeare to relish this 1h 53min drama, but then again if you are, then this Macbeth version is indeed a special treat for you.
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