Last night I went to see Macbeth directed by Justin Kurzel (The Snowtown Murders, The Turning) with Morayo at HOME. I’d been excited to see it for a while hearing that both Michael Fassbender (Frank, 12 Years a Slave) and Marion Cotillard (Two Days One Night, Midnight in Paris) were playing the leads.
Despite being a period film, I felt that Macbeth was told in such a modern way. To start off, the cinematography by Adam Arkapaw (True Detective, Top of the Lake) was amazing. I loved all the bright red colours mixed in with the bleak colours of the landscape of Scotland. Mixed in with the experimental editing and the sound design it felt like a really fresh take on the story without being unfaithful to the original text. I was concerned going into the film that it would be really long and feel drawn out but it wasn’t like that at all. For one, it was only about 90 minutes long and was really compelling to watch even if I did struggle with the shakespearian language sometimes.
Cotillard and Fassbender’s performances were amazing, they had great chemistry throughout the film and I’m glad that Cotillard’s character was not painted as the sole villain as she has been in previous adaptations. They are very much a team in this film. My only complaint really, is that they could have developed Cotillard’s character much more. I felt that they really glossed over her madness and her death did kind of come out of nowhere whereas they developed Fassbender’s character far more.
Aside from that, I thought this film was a fantastic adaptation of the Scottish play and I would highly recommend it!