MACBETH (USA/UK/France 2015) ***
Directed by Justin Kurzel
Stars: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jack Madigan
Review by Gilbert Seah
It does to seem that long ago (1971) that Roman Polanski, in top cinematic form directed his version of MACBETH with Jon Finch in the title role. His was an unforgettable MacBeth complete with old nude witches brewing around a cauldron and ending with the MacBeth’s head paraded on a stick.
No such luck in Justin Kurzel’s MACBETH. (Kurzel is the Australian director best known for THE SNOWTOWN MURDERS, shown at the Toronto International Film Festival years back but not released.) The troubled King of Scotland does die at the end but his head is intact. The witches look like normal human beings, more like Scots women, wearing normal garments. But his version is a Shakespearean film concentrated more on poetry, both verbal and visual than on shock tactics.
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