I have been wanting to see this movie since I heard that Macbeth was going to be played by Michael Fassbender, who is one of my favorite actors. I read Macbeth a few years ago, and I really liked it, but I remembered little aside from the basic plot. I had planned to buy this on Tuesday, but someone told me that it had slipped under my nose onto Prime about two weeks ago.
The film was not afraid to use true Shakespearian language like many Shakespeare adaptations of modern times are. I am generally pretty good at deciphering Shakespearian language, as I read many of his works. However, paired with the usually very thick accents of the actors (I had to turn on closed captions), the plot could be a bit hard to decipher for someone who is not familiar with the source material. The film also had some relatively long parts that dragged on much slower than they needed to.
The acting was phenomenal. It was the best part of the movie. Michael Fassbender was perfect as Macbeth. He captured the madness and aggressiveness very well, and it seemed like he was really devoted to the role. Marion Cotillard was also great as Lady Macbeth, capturing the serpentine nature of the character very well, and delivering one of the best crying scenes of last year's films.
The film is haunting, in part due to its cinematography and score. The film was very aesthetically pleasing. The shots were well-framed and fitting for the context of the film. One thing that I didn't like, however, is the excessive use of slow motion, which is always something that gets on my nerves. The film also had a few unnecessary jump cuts. The score was very atmospheric and well-done, adding a deeper level of eeriness to the film.
So overall, I think that Macbeth could have been better, but it was definitely good. If you can check it out with your Amazon Prime membership, you should definitely do so, as Fassbender's performance makes the movie worth the time by itself.
Big Tuna's Rating: B+
How Did I Watch It?: Amazon Prime.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Maybe.
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