I thought that the trailer for this movie looked enormously impressive, so I knew that I wanted to see it. I ended up going out of town to see it as part of a double.
I am still partially undecided as to what I really think of this film's writing. At its core, it seems to be rather straightforward. The story doesn't seem particularly metaphorical or symbolic. It's more of a straightforward ethical evaluation of the characters. The flaw in this format, though, is that there is a lack of ambiguity in the characters' morals. The characters are relatively well-developed, though. And the dialogue is very quick, creating a lot of the suspense in the story. The film's ability to maintain tension is likely its strongest area of writing. It's odd because it isn't the most enthralling film due to its slightly generic nature, but it ends up feeling truly harrowing.
The technical elements of this film are of extremely high quality, though. The cinematography is beautiful, but also very cold, mimicking the tonal elements of the film. The production design periodizes the film extremely well, in addition to creating the dark tone required for the script to be adequately haunting. The actors also do a great job of understanding the requirements (and constraints) of the characters.
Overall, I thought that "Lady Macbeth" was a very good thriller. It definitely isn't for everyone, but it is very well-shot, and in my opinion, very suspenseful.
Big Tuna's Rating: B+
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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