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Macbeth (2015)

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Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself.

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... Macbeth Child
Frank Madigan ... Macbeth Child
... Macbeth
... Lady Macbeth
... Banquo
Lochlann Harris ... Fleance
Kayla Fallon ... Young Witch
Lynn Kennedy ... Middle-Aged Witch
... Older Witch (as Seylan Mhairi Baxter)
Amber Rissmann ... Child Witch
... Young Boy Soldier
Hilton McRae ... Macdonwald
... Duncan
... Lennox
... Malcolm
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Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself.

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Blood will have blood. See more »

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Drama | History | War

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Rated R for strong violence and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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11 December 2015 (USA)  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$69,833, 6 December 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,108,247, 23 February 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,601,706, 23 February 2016
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Marion Cotillard always dreamed about playing the role of Lady Macbeth, but thought it would be on the stage and in French. She'd never even considered taking part in a Shakespearean English production and worked hard to learn the language to play Lady Macbeth. See more »

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Some sets (particularly the cathedral) show examples of gothic architecture, an art style that started in the 12th century. However, Macbeth ruled in the middle of the 11th century, when gothic architecture didn't exist. See more »

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Macbeth: I am in blood, stepped in so far.
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Version of Macbeth (1909) See more »

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Village Children Song
Written by Allan Macdonald
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Fatuous
20 January 2016 | by See all my reviews

While the strongest features of this version: the locations, photography and production design, are quite outstanding the overall impression is less than memorable. It is afflicted by a meddling director, changes that serves little purpose or revelation in the end, and all the normal problems of cinematic adaptations of Shakespeare.

A major defect is the music which constantly scrapes – telling us that all things are seething with malignancy. It does, however strain the nerves like a dentist's drill, and is just as annoying. In essence that is the flaw with the whole thing, and certainly the first hour which is dour and dreary, though not in a good way because it's so simplistically portentous and saved only by the scenery and the light.

The actors manage quite well, even if they speak in a very mannered sotto voce. In itself this is a weakness as it leads through most of the film to a vocal range that is very narrow. This pitch is evident between Macbeth and his wife as though all relationships are marked by the same register and it is necessarily identical between all parties. Paradoxically this approach leads Macbeth to be nearly unchanged from the beginning to the end, which is not how the play deals with the character. The important "Tomorrow…" soliloquy is rendered lame by the continuity of the low voice which preceded it and so this speech is no different to the rest.

The typical problem of all cinematic adaptations of Shakespeare is apparent here. The two forms, poetic drama and cinema are anathema to each other. The former requires words and once they are edited it's not Shakespeare but an etiolated revision, replaced by montage and glances; which compared to a great text, are of very little consequence. Kurosawa's Throne of Blood was another prism by which to see this drama but it was only cognate in the same plot and story, not the language, and stands in the same way as his superb Ran is to King Lear.

There are several film versions of this play and now there are more filmed staged versions to view and to compare. This particular version looks quite pointless by comparison. It has made some changes, cut some parts, removed the small portion of vulgar humor which relieved the glowering doom, but in the end, it is rather fatuous.


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