Newest Review: ... who are frankly the most terrifying witches I have seen in a version of Macbeth and the prophetic chanting of what is to come. We a... more
Enjoyed this modern adaptation
Member Name: joey92
Advantages: Excellent film, great acting
Disadvantages: Quite long!
This two and a half hour long film told Shakespeare's famous story in an inventive, fresh way. Set in 1930s in a Soviet style setting, the story portrays the three witches as clinical figures, Macbeth as a crazed dictatorial type character and Lady Macbeth as a passionate, strong lady turned nervous wreck.
The scene opens in a hospital with the heart being ripped out by the three witches, who are frankly the most terrifying witches I have seen in a version of Macbeth and the prophetic chanting of what is to come. We are left with the question of whether the witches cause the following events or whether they are prophesying them. This version of Macbeth led me to believe that they caused it as their empty of emotion chanting seemed to shiver with power.
Macbeth was Patrick Stewart, he has been in more than one Shakespeare film, and does Macbeth very well, capturing the flaws of his character in frenzied emotional breakdowns and hurried words to servants and himself, whilst attempting to maintain that leadership and authority essential to his retaining the concealment of the murder.
I enjoyed this film a great deal and would watch it again. The way the story is told takes in the audience and invokes questions as to the nature of humankind and offers a fresh perspective on the claim that the stories of Shakespeare are transferable to any century, are applicable to all of humankind and that some things are inevitable.
Well worth a watch, even if you have never seen the play before. I'd recommend experiencing some Shakespeare first by reading a play to get a feel for the language! The language is beautiful but not immediately accessible to everyone and so sometimes requires a few reads or a few watches to reap the full benefit of the rich experience that is a Shakespeare play!
Summary: Watch it!