It’s hard to imagine anyone who wants to be King of Scotland after watching the newest film adaption of Shakespeare’s MacBeth. Foggy and grey, the Scottish landscape becomes a vast battleground filled with blood, fire, dirt, and savagery.
Of course, what happens to MacBeth after he assumes the crown only makes the job less desirable. Michael Fassbender plays the fated and famed title character, fueled by a lust for power, then devoured by paranoia. Director Justin Kurzel, faithful to original, wants the viewer to feel the madness, as battles are anything but smooth and easy.
Gritty is too nice a word for this haunting, troubling vision of MacBeth. Blood spews on the open fields, and the fighting slows as we watch MacBeth pause and take note. When fog isn’t shrouding the warriors, it’s the burning of the forest, enveloping the screen in reds and oranges. In the background, sisters of…
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