Kierre's Review of The Tragedy of Macbeth 2021 ★★★


Watched Jan 30, 2022

The Tragedy of Macbeth is the classic Shakespear tale of General Macbeth who is visited by 3 witches who tell him that he will one day be King of Scotland. He of course decides to take matters into his own hands in order to become King which has it own set of consequences. This film is directed by Joel Coen, and stars Denzel Washington as Macbeth and Frances McDormand as Lady Macbeth.

I've personally never been a huge fan of Shakespear plays or films. I've always felt watching a Shakespear film is akin to watching a Foreign Film without the subtitles. This film is visually stunning, and of course the acting great, but how could you go wrong with Washington and McDormand as your two leads? While I enjoyed both the visuals and acting, I still have the same trouble I always have with Shakespear adaptations where I'm not sure what is going on half the time. I've read Macbeth and seen films and plays of Macbeth in the past, but there are always stretches of conversation where I have no clue what they are talking about outside of a few words here and there. I just can't say I love a film when I don't know what they are talking about half the time. Unless you are an avid reader of Shakespear, you won't understand most of this film either. While I did enjoy the film overall, it isn't one that I plan to revisit.

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