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Justin Kurzel, Macbeth, 2015


9 Oct 201515 Oct 2015

This extraordinary retelling of William Shakespeare’s story of a king driven to murder and madness preserves the dark poetry of the Bard’s play, but presents it with remarkable style and vision.

Macbeth, played by Michael Fassbender, is a man of war: we see him at the centre of the carnage in climactic, eye-popping battle scenes. While in a strangely calm trance, he meets a troupe of witches who foretell his future. Consumed by ambition, he is intrigued when the prophecy starts to come true. But it is his wife, Lady Macbeth (Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard), who takes the initiative and hatches a plot to kill beloved King Duncan and seize his crown by force. The cast give superb performances, delivering dialogue with spellbinding, understated intensity. Director Justin Kurzel infuses the 12th century with dread, paranoia and violence, bringing Shakespeare’s words chillingly to life.

Macbeth, dir. Justin Kurzel, UK/France/USA 2015, 113 mins.

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