‘Macbeth’ is yet another adaptation of the famous 17th century Shakespearean tragedy. The film is a story of loyalty, seduction, desire, betrayal and ultimately, justice. Anyone who has ever even heard of the famous Bard could arguably be well aware of the story of Macbeth.
Macbeth has been adapted countless times into film, from Akira Kurosawa’s feudal Japanese ‘Throne of Blood’ (1957) to Roman Polanski’s more Traditional ‘Macbeth’ (1971) or even Vishal Bhardwaj’s Indian backdrop of ‘Maqbool’ (2003). But the question is; does Justin Kurzel’s version brings anything new to the famous story of Betrayal?
‘Macbeth’ is visually stunning, with each scene cleverly expressed through fog or sunlight, creating a genuinely haunting atmosphere. But apart from its visually representation, Macbeth lacks the narrative depth of the original Bard’s play. The soliloquies are uneven and awkward at times, the character motivations seem unconvincing and the key events occur throughout the film because the plot demands it, rather the characters convincingly acting the emotions out themselves.Its quite a shame because Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard seem ideal casting for the story but quite frankly, they both have given better performances in other films.
It is apparent that Kurzel tried hard to revitalize the tale with poetic imagery but it ultimately overbeared the narrative itself, muddling the sense of awe and wonder one would receive after watching a magnificent Shakespearean adaptation.