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Macbeth

Cast: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jack Madigan

Release Date: Fri, Dec 11, 2015

MPAA Rating: R

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  1. Nathan  •  Dec 31, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    A relatively good review. Just came back from seeing it the second time and can honestly assert that this is the finest film of the year! I’m not sure I agree the film loses the poetry of Shakespeare, but rather presents it more like conversation and less like a recitation of poetry. And, with all due respect, I think you’re analysis of it being a “serious R” is a very unfair value judgment. The violence in the film is only in keeping with the violence of Shakespeare’s original play and is depicted in a very discreet manner and is by no means gratuitous. For example, the scene when Macbeth kills King Duncan could have been much more violent, but instead was presented more along the lines of the Psycho shower scene, showing the knife and the terrified facial expressions, but doesn’t actually show the graphic details of the murder. This, in turn, makes the presentation much more powerful, allowing us to feel the power of the scene, rather than see it. Also, the scene where Macbeth kills MacDuff’s family is notorious for being very disturbing scene of violence, but this adaption rather chooses to cut away right before their death and imply what happens rather than actually show it on screen. This decision allows the audience to focus more on the story and the psychology of the tragic hero, rather than on the gory details. It was very well done and the “R” rating was obviously an extremely severe overreaction. The film ought to be “PG-13” at the very worst. Not only should it be available for all audiences interested in exploring Shakespeare, teenagers ought to be encouraged to see this extraordinary adaption of the Immortal Bard’s great tragedy. Director Justin Kurzel presents a very potent and raw depiction of Shakespeare’s Scottish Play, which brings the story to fiery life. Highly recommended!

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