Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Macbeth: Premiere.

“So fair and foul a day I have not seen.” 

Justin Kurzel has graced us with a film so ambitious that it could easily give the tragic hero himself a run for his money. This violent interpretation of the Scottish Play had me sitting in constant awe throughout. Adam Arkapaw's contribution as cinematographer is something that cannot be ignored - his visuals are stylistically gorgeous. The use of the brooding Isle of Skye added to the disturbing ambience of the play, foreshadowing the haunting events that were proceeding on screen.

The Telegraph stated that Fassbender was born for this role and I couldn't agree more. His soliloquy's were delivered so viscerally that they made the iambic pentameter seem more sinister than poetic, flawlessly fitting the tone that surrounded him. His character's decaying morality was displayed through the visible change of Macbeth falling further into the realms of insanity. The audience watch him turning from this powerful, ambitious thane to a callous and depraved King who struck fear into the bravest of men. 

Marion Cotillard's performance was every bit as harrowing as her counterpart's. In keeping her French accent, she stayed true to herself as well as the ambiguity of Shakespeare's characters. She added her own flair to the role which exhibited her talent in developing a character in more ways than just vocally.

Overall this adaptation of Macbeth was the best of its kind. Kurzel proved to the world that the use of an incredible setting and some bleak smoke goes a long way; computer generated effects are not always the most effective. He reinvented the story whilst also staying true to it. 

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