UK, France, USA
Thursday, March 10, 2016Location: SilverCity
Showtimes: 6:30 pm & 8:35 pm
Director: Justin Kurzel
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, David Thewlis, Sean Harris
Runtime: 113 minutes
Warning: Scenes of violence
“Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender excel in Justin Kurzel’s thrillingly savage interpretation of the Scottish Play” – Guy Lodge, Variety
“Michael Fassbender as the murderous general of infamy and Marion Cotillard as his complicit wife. Two of the world’s finest actors, they make a magnetic pair.”–Peter Howell, Toronto Star
Macbeth returns to the big screen with earthy energy, visual style and roaring performances. Australian filmmaker Justin Kurzel uses sweeping landscapes and harsh weather to envelope the characters in this haunting tale of ambition and murder.
At the start of this brilliant, brutal rendition of Shakespeare’s Scottish Play, Michael Fassbender’s Macbeth is mourning his dead son in an eerie funeral rite before the tiny body is burned on a pyre. Traditionally, the Macbeths have been portrayed as power-hungry. Australian director Justin Kurzel recasts them as damaged. Untethered by grief, ambition fills the void, as Lady Macbeth (Marion Cotillard) lures her husband into dark places, leading to the murder of the king (David Thewlis).
This is one of Shakespeare’s bleakest, leanest plays, and Kurzel gives it an intriguingly expansive tone by setting most of the action outdoors. The battle sequences are intense, the violence creating greater resonance within the characters.
Fassbender is utterly convincing as the battle-weary warrior: his face is a map of scars, with the hollowed-out, blank-eyed look of a man who has seen too much death (Fassbender is said to have interpreted his Macbeth as suffering from PTSD). Cotillard, with her captivating face, makes her Lady Macbeth subtle and human, yet tormented.
The wild Scottish Highlands, with its hardness and beauty, is a landscape that seems to have a murderous impulse of its own. And Kurzel directs this Shakespeare like a western: spare and savage.