Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth, starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, is no modern Shakespearean interpretation a la the Ethan Hawke Hamlet, but the new trailer proves how it may be radical in its own right.
The trailer has Shakespeare’s language spoken in almost-whispers, yet the starkly brutal imagery takes center stage. Mist and fire abounds, though this movie is not being sold with “double, double toil and trouble” and witches.
Kurzel’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s ambitious murderer has already received praise following its premiere at Cannes. The Guardian noted that “this is not the traditional stage Macbeth, crammed into claustrophobic interior spaces. It is conceived in (and almost dwarfed by) a vast Scottish plain, like Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth.” The Telegraph wrote that Fassbender and Cotillard give “cosmically powerful performances,” while Variety called the movie “fearsomely visceral and impeccably performed.”
The movie is scheduled for an October release in the U.K.
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