Bill Shakespeare on the Big Screen

“When shall we three meet again In thunder, lightning, or in rain”

This is the opening line from you’ve no doubt guessed it Macbeth (chap, chap). Me and my friend Laura went to watch the latest version of Macbeth in the cinema directed by Justin Kurzel and starring Michael Fassbender as Macbeth and Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth. The performances of these two are first rate and they are supported by a stellar cast such as Paddy Considine, David Thewlis, Sean Harris, Jack Reynor and Elizabeth Debicki. I know Macbeth is a dark tale to begin with but this version seems darker and bloodier and I think that has to do with the way in which it is shot. I believe that they really cover the main themes very well in this version. a few in particular that they do very well is The Corrupting Power of Unchecked Ambition and the relationship between cruelty and masculinity. Macbeth of usually noble deeds craves power and advancement and due to this commits unspeakable acts. this is intrinsically linked with the second theme in that Lady M constantly goads and manipulates her husband to commit acts he would usually forgo by questioning his manhood. violence usually follows thereafter. One thing to note was the lovely scenery and the music that is weaved throughout the film it is beautiful. I do enjoy a bit of Shakespeare and this is most definitely a classic but if you have never seen or heard of this play before it can be quite hard going. overall we really enjoyed the film adaptation of it and if you like this sort of film IMacbeth_2015_poster suggest you pop along to see it.

Yet I will try the last. Before my body I throw my warlike shield. Lay on, Macduff, And damn’d be him that first cries, Hold, enough!


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