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Published January 28th 2016
The Power of Greed ruins even the most Powerful
Directed by Justin Kurzel, Macbeth is based on the famous tragedy by William Shakespeare - The Tragedy of Macbeth. The movie bathed in shades of black and red (commendable cinematography and set design), perfectly reflects the evil workings of the protagonist's mind and the gore that follows his desires. Michael Fassbender as Macbeth is simply brilliant and Marion Cotillard matches up to him as Lady Macbeth.
Treachery has found deep roots in the Scottish Kingdom. King Duncan (David Thewlis) has declared war against the traitors. The film begins with Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis and Lady Macbeth mourning at their son's funeral. Soon after, Macbeth leads the troops to the final battle at Ellon. Young boys sent as reinforcement by the King are slaughtered mercilessly. The war is ultimately won by Scotland. Three witches with a baby and a little girl, seen observing Macbeth and his wife at their child's death funeral pyre, appear before him and his friend Banquo (Paddy Considine). They prophesy that Macbeth would soon be declared Thane of Cawdor and will subsequently be crowned King. Banquo is foretold that he would be father of Kings. As Macbeth pursues them with queries, the witches disappear into the blanketing fog.
In his camp, King Duncan is brought Macdonwald, the captured Thane of Cawdor. Declared a traitor, he is slain at the hands of the King and Prince Malcolm. King Duncan declares Macbeth the new Thane of Cawdor and Malcolm the heir to the throne.
What follows next is a madness driven by hunger for power. His desires fueled by the prophecy and incited by his wife, Macbeth murders the king in his bed and threatens away Malcolm. Lord Macduff (Sean Harris) discovers the King's slain body in the morning and is overpowered by grief. Bloodstained daggers in the grip of the two guards (carefully planted there by Lady Macbeth, who also drugged them that night) and the absconding Prince, rouses suspicion amongst the Lords. Left without any choice, the ministery pronounces Macbeth as King of Scotland.
After coronation, Macbeth is deeply saddened by the fact that he has no heir to claim the throne after him and that the reign would pass to Banquo's son. He senses Banquo's growing suspicion about his involvement in slaughtering the king as Banquo intends on leaving with his son before the ceremonial dinner. At Macbeth's command, the duo is followed and Banquo is killed while his son manages to escape into the jungle. When the assassins arrive with news of Banquo's death at the banquet, Macbeth is furious to hear of his son's escape. In a daze he starts seeing and talking to Banquo's ghost. Lady Macbeth trying to conceal her husband's awkward behaviour, tries to ease the apprehension of the guests. Agitated by the strange predicament, Macduff and his wife leave the banquet.
Restless from the evening's occurrences, Macbeth ventures out at night searching for the witches. Upon finding them, the witches show him a vision. He is later found roaming the lands aimlessly and is given the news of the Macduffs having left for England. After Lady Macduff and her children are captured, Macbeth orders to burn them at the stake. Lady Macbeth, overcome by guilt, leaves for her village church. Guilt weighs heavily down on the greedy hearts. Brutal fates await the sinners.