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6.8
/10
1,135 Ratings

Macbeth

Directed by Justin Kurzel
United Kingdom, France, 2015
Drama, History, War

Synopsis

Spurred on by an eerie prophecy of the power he could gain if he were King, Macbeth, an army general, murders Duncan, the King of Scotland, and takes the throne. However his guilt, and that of his wife, may prove to be their undoing.

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Macbeth Directed by Justin Kurzel

Awards & Festivals

London Critics Circle Film Awards

2016 | 2 nominations including: British/Irish Actor of the Year

British Independent Film Awards

2015 | 6 nominations including: Best British Independent Film

Goya Awards

2016 | Nominee: Best European Film

This physicality, along with the intensity of the performances, recasts Shakespeare’s spookiest drama as a realist trip into PTSD. No matter if Macbeth remakes what was already written – after all, it always has been concerned with the prescribed nature of destiny.
October 01, 2015
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Fassbender, arguably never better, steers the role into a gladiatorial exhibition, finding himself at the center of a nightmarishly menacing pomp, and emerging from a pool of freshwater the morning after he commits his first murder like some topless heartthrob too convinced of the camera’s ability to render him immortal.
September 26, 2015
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The camera sways, as if blown by the wind in an unstable world. Kurzel doesn’t cut the text as much as Kurosawa did, but his Scottish-accented cast mutter rather than declaim, and visuals are more eloquent than vocals. It’s a film rich in gesture. As they plot murder, the Macbeths whisper intently, brow to brow, and their hands find flesh under thick layers of clothes: assassination as aphrodisiac.
September 07, 2015

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