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Macbeth - Film Review

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by Zac and Kiri (subscribe)
Reviewers from Brisbane, Australia.
Published September 23rd 2015

There is no bubbling cauldron or eye of newt in this film. Instead, be prepared for a dark, realistic and gripping adaptation of the famous Shakespeare stage play, Macbeth. This version is directed by Justin Kurzel, and stars Michael Fassbender as Macbeth and Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth.

For those of you unfamiliar with the story, the film follows the fearless warrior and inspiring leader named Macbeth who after hearing a prophecy from three witches, and being spurred on by his wife Lady Macbeth, seizes an opportunity for power by killing his king. Although this helps him rise in power it also leads him down a dark and damaging spiral into madness.


This particular adaptation of Macbeth stays true to the original play, cutting some dialogue and events to bring it to just under 2 hours in length. The cinematography is superb, and slow motion in particular is used to great effect in the battle scenes, emphasising the brutality of it.

The actors were incredible and faultless with their dialogue, managing to make the old language sound conversational. The famous soliloquies from the play were delivered with incredible passion.

If you're not familiar with the plot then you might have difficulty following the story as it uses original dialogue from the play. Some may find this dialogue a little off putting and if that's the case, just let the language wash over you and instead take in the action as it unfolds on screen.

Macbeth can be seen in cinemas from October 1.
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