The Tragedy of MacBeth (2021)


“By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes…” – Witch

Number of Times Seen – 1 (14 Jan 2022)

Brief Synopsis – Three witches convince a Scottish lord that he will be King and he does all he can to fulfill that prophecy.

My Take on it – I’ve personally never been the biggest fan of Shakespearean dialogue and reading his plays is a difficult task for me.

The movie adaptations for me are hit or miss and some I love, while others; I just don;t get.

This film falls into the latter category.

Visually, this is an amazing film to look at, but I can’t say that the dialogue and story was as captivating as I would have hoped for.

The cast is great with Denzel Washington and Frances McDormond doing wonderful jobs with these characters, but something just felt missing for me the whole way through.

I am a big fan of movies by the Coen brothers in general, but this falls into the category of one that I had more trouble with than many of their others.

The play of MacBeth has never been among my favorites and I have yet to see a version of it that makes me appreciate the story and characters more.

I had hopes that this one would be the clincher, but alas it was not since I’m still baffled by much of what happened along the way.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The first solo directorial effort by Joel Coen. All of his previous films have been co-directed by his brother Ethan Coen, though Ethan was uncredited as director until 2004. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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