Swirling mist, damp drizzle, carnage all around and tortuous circumstances do not only describe the setting scene of Justin Kurzel’s impressive interpretation of William Shakespeare’s iconic play Macbeth but also the miserable October weather of the day I chose to go and see it, which assisted the ambience somewhat,
Starring Michael Fassbender, who seems perfectly at home in the title role, as the man who would be King of Scotland if only there weren’t a few human impediments that needed to be removed before he can assume the position he believes is rightfully his. Marion Cotillard ably assists him as Lady Macbeth his ruthlessly ambitious wife who initially puts these ideas of grandiosity into his head and supports him on his quest toward his supposed rightful destiny though later has a crisis of confidence as his rise continues and his reign of terror and barbarity continues.
Both actors are excellent in their roles although the medium of cinema necessitates a different approach to- as well as some tinkering with- the text which will no doubt infuriate purists of the Bard who believe that every line should be exact. Occasionally this more understated approach results in a struggle to hear what Fassbender is saying as his nuanced delivery gets a little lost but generally it is not a problem.
Cotillard, in comparison, carries a weight of expression in her eyes so that sometimes they say more than the dialogue ever could. She is exceptional throughout and the perfect foil to Fassbender’s Macbeth.
The impressive supporting cast includes David Thewlis, Sean Harris, Paddy Considine, Elizabeth Debicki and Jack Reynor As for the all important Scottish accents they are impressive enough but whenever a true Scot appears in a lesser role then their authenticity is thrown into question a little. This however is unimportant and minor quibbling but still noticeable in an amusing way.
The Scottish scenery however manages to almost upstage them all in its splendid isolated beauty. Some amazing cinematography lends it a fiery glow or windswept chill as befits each scene and contributes to the drama immeasurably; it emerges as the most regal figure of all.
Kurzel has delivered an extremely impressive adaptation of this Shakespeare tale which should no doubt satisfy the purists whilst attracting a new audience also. Cotillard and Fassbender more than adequately fill their roles but is the Scottish landscape-even with its drizzle, rain and swirling mist- which emerges as the true star.

  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: