FILM REVIEW: Macbeth starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHEN: Screening nationwide from 2/10

#BestGameOfThronesEpisodeEver? Obvs – yet more beautifully shot and with greater poetry.

Can you imagine the kerfuffle about casting French doyenne Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth? We’ve no idea who she was up against but we can imagine the tears, tantrums and tiaras.

Those longing for a follow-up to the Scottish play’s last celluloid imagining by Roman Polanski in 1971 will have had quite the wait. Was it worth it? We’re guessing this will add dramatic heft to the push behind the ‘Bender for the Oscar in the upcoming Steve Jobs although he’s on top form here.

We were expecting Cotillard’s accent might spell trouble for this film but she looks Oscar in the eye with a dramatic straight-to-camera, four-tear scene before she takes her final bow. Beautiful.

monstagigz was reminded of Sky Sports’ slo-mo coverage during the especially bloody battle scenes here but it’s a film which distills the beauty of Shakespeare’s writing, makes merry with the witches’ contribution and splices the entire shenanigans by at least a half.

We’re not so keen on the children burning but apparently it sheds new light on the childless Macbeth/Lady Macbeth relationship. Should be up for Oscars but is probably released too early to be an actual contender.

  • Watch the Macbeth trailer here.

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