Australian director Justin Kurzel (Snowtown) brings a boldly cinematic vision to his take on Shakespeare’s classic tragedy of vaulting ambition and ruthless murder; opening with a flourish of his own creation, which goes some way to explaining Lady Macbeth’s descent into embittered, murderous ambition, Kurzel’s Macbeth remains broadly faithful to the text while allowing for innovation and reinterpretation.
He is assisted in no small way by his leads: as Macbeth, Michael Fassbender is a commanding presence, by turns vulnerable and unhinged, while Marion Cotillard brings her customary subtlety to the role of his scheming wife, allowing for shades of humanity that are absent from most portrayals of this classic character.
Streamlining certain aspects of the familiar story, whilst making some fascinating additions, Kurzel’sMacbeth is a propulsive, fascinating addition to the canon of great Shakespeare adaptations. (Notes by David O’Mahony.)
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