Friday, January 19, 2018

Macbeth - J. Kurzel, 2015

Despite what you might expect, there are a few common aspects to Shakespeare's tragedies and comedies. For instance, even the darkest of tragedies frequently offer some wordplay, often bawdy, and the women are generally very perceptive characters.

This version of 'Macbeth', however, comes practically as far as it is possible to go from the average comedy. Indeed, it was was more dark, stern and forbidding than most I have seen, culminating in a bloody finale preceded by two hours of Macbeth's ominous brooding and his Lady's vicious hissing (until his newly awakened bloodthirst shuts her down, clearsighted as she is) (or becomes).  

In all, it was a well-made, intimate drama though gloomy. Beautiful but gloomy.

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