Northern Lights

Review of Michael Fassbender’s Macbeth

Decrease Font Size Increase Font Size Text Size Print This Page
Michael Fassbender arrives on the steps of the Palais des Festivals before the screening of the film "Macbeth" during the 68th annual Cannes International Film Festival in Cannes, France on May 23, 2015. DAVID SILPA/LANDOV/Press Association Images

Michael Fassbender arrives on the steps of the Palais des Festivals before the screening of the film “Macbeth” during the 68th annual Cannes International Film Festival in Cannes, France on May 23, 2015. DAVID SILPA/LANDOV/Press Association Images

The famous Shakespeare play Macbeth is brought to life on the giant screen by filmmaker Justin Kurzel. This adaptation remains the classic tragic story of witches, manipulation and psychological horror that it is best known for but also gives viewers a rollercoaster of emotions as the lead characters play the roles wonderfully.

Michael Fassbender is cast perfectly in the leading role of Macbeth; he looks very much as an 11th century Scottish warrior should, strong, bloody and covered in battle scars.

Fassbender is wonderful in the creepy ‘is this a dagger a see before me,’ scene, as he sees ghostly apparitions in the infamous eerie event

The character of Macbeth is perfectly believable and you can’t help but be drawn in to his diminishing mental health as the story unfold, leaving you as a viewer, feeling sorry for him having being manipulated by his cunning wife.

The role of the vindictive Lady Macbeth was given to French born Marion Cotillard who creates a slightly softer persona than one would imagine from the manipulative wife of Fassbender’s anti-hero Macbeth.

In the scenes where Lady Macbeth is convincing her husband to kill the King so that he can take his place, Cotillard is somewhat unconvincing in her persuasion.

She seemingly suggests he kills the King rather than schemes Macbeth as it is interpreted in the original play.

The famous character Lady Macbeth is a complex one that begins strong and ends with her becoming more human and venerable as time goes on, becoming increasingly guilty as to what she has done and her part in the King’s murder.

During the scene in which Lady Macbeth is speaking of the metaphorical blood on her hands, Cotillard’s monologue is outstanding. The character is seen as remorseful and deeply unhinged by the events that have brought her to this moment.

The actress portrays this wonderfully, her tears, speech and genuinity is second to none and is one of the best scenes in the whole film. It is so good that Cotillard can be forgiven for previous scenes in which the strong character of Lady Macbeth is slightly lost a little.

Overall the movie is a great adaptation that will gives the audience beautiful scenery of the Scottish Highlands, great acting to make the characters real and also a great supernatural feel for upcoming Halloween. Well worth a watch.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Comment moderation is enabled. Your comment may take some time to appear.