Movie Recommendation: Macbeth (2015)

Quote from Macbeth by Lady Macbeth: “This is the very painting of your fear.”

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Producers: Jenny Borgars, Iain Canning, Olivier Courson, Laura Hastings-Smith, Danny Perkins, Rosa Romero, Tessa Ross, Emile Sherman, Andrew Sherman, Andrew Warren, Bob Weinstein, and Harvey Weinstein

Director: Justin Kurzel

Writers: Todd Louiso, Jacob Koskoff, Michael Lesslie (screenplay) and William Shakespeare (play)
Major Cast: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Paddy Considine, Selyan Baxter, Scot Greenan, Sean Harris, and Elizabeth Debicki
Rating: R for violence and brief sexuality

Running Time: 1 hour and 53 minutes

Macbeth is one of the numerous plays adapted into movies and written by William Shakepeare.  Unlike his comedies and histories, this is one of his popular tragedies.  It centers around Macbeth, played Michael Fassbender, and his wife, played by Marion Cotillard, who find themselves spiraling down into mental anguish because of their own doing.  This adaptation focuses on the connection between being a soldier during a time when swords were used in battle and the personal trauma that occurs once he returns home.  In addition to this, Macbeth finds a new purpose when he is told by three women he will be given the title of Thane of Cawdor.  He is persuaded to further his position at Lady Macbeth insistence, which leads him down a dangerous path.  As his delusions make him do things he normally would not have done, it leads into further internal conflict and unrest.  He may have washed the blood from his hands, but he continues to find enemies everywhere and no one is safe.  There are battles between people, with words and swords.  There are consequences for most everyone.   While this is a tried and true story, you watch this for the performances, but would have liked to seen a little more screen time between the characters in some of the pivotal scenes.

Macbeth gets Four Fingers at 90%

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