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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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Justin Kurzel

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Madigan ... Macbeth Child
Frank Madigan Frank Madigan ... Macbeth Child
Michael Fassbender ... Macbeth
Marion Cotillard ... Lady Macbeth
Paddy Considine ... Banquo
Lochlann Harris Lochlann Harris ... Fleance
Kayla Fallon Kayla Fallon ... Young Witch
Lynn Kennedy Lynn Kennedy ... Middle-Aged Witch
Seylan Baxter ... Older Witch (as Seylan Mhairi Baxter)
Amber Rissmann Amber Rissmann ... Child Witch
Scot Greenan ... Young Boy Soldier
Hilton McRae Hilton McRae ... Macdonwald
David Thewlis ... Duncan
David Hayman ... Lennox
Jack Reynor ... 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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All hail Macbeth that shall be king 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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UK | France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Surrey, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$69,833, 6 December 2015

Gross USA:

$1,110,707

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,322,067
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.39 : 1
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Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard have both played comic book villains. Fassbender played young Magneto in the X-Men franchise and Cotillard played Talia Al Ghul in The Dark Knight Rises. See more »

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When Macbeth placed the dagger on the young warrior's chest, he places the dead man's hand on top of the blade. In the next shot, the dead man's hand is rested on his chest - below the knife. See more »

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Lady Macbeth: What's done, it's done.
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Version of Macbeth (1998) See more »

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Gripping, Intense, Beautifully shot, with Unforgettable Performances
14 October 2015 | by stephendaxterSee all my reviews

HAIL MACBETH, HAIL MACBETH, HAIL MACBETH.

WOW, that was a gripping, intense, beautifully shot film with unforgettable performances and has to be the best retellings of not only 'Macbeth' but all of Shakespeare's plays on screen. This movie did an incredibly amazing job at sticking to the source material whilst also incorporating a visually stunning cinematic style. It has a very interesting cinematic style using slow motion effects and sped up film in order to capture the emotions that the characters are feeling at every moment. I was in awe at how beautiful this film was, the wide shots of the landscapes were incredible whether there was something going on or nothing at all. And i don't know where the cgi in this film was if there was much at all because it all looks so incredibly real and grand and it only adds to the scope of the film. The movie's amazing cinematography is accompanied by many amazing performances including two of the best performances this year.

Sean Harris and David Thewlis were standouts in their supporting roles as Macduff and Duncan and really displayed some of their best performances but the show was stolen by the two leads. Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth were absolutely mind- blowing and amazing and encapsulated these characters as perfectly as you could get. They did incredible jobs at playing these extremely complex personalities and led me to see only Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, forgetting their previous roles. They pull of their monologues so well that you are fully engaged in what they are saying and can see that what they are feeling is not only expressed through what they are saying but just from the expressions on their faces. And Lady Macbeth's most iconic scene/monologue was represented so perfectly that it was one of the best and most gripping scenes in the film. The Oscar race is heating up and Fassbender and Cotillard have to be the front-runners for Best Actor and Actress, truly amazing.

Having read the play a little while ago i was able to still recall many of the key events and know mostly what was coming up next. So hearing plenty of familiar lines from the play and seeing these scenes was incredibly rewarding. And reading the play i feel helped to follow along with what is happening at all times. But for someone unfamiliar with the story of Macbeth i think it might be a little hard to follow at times. This is definitely not a film where you can look away for even a minute and still know what is going on. If you miss a few lines of dialogue or zone out during a scene, when you zone back into the film you will probably be lost. The Shakespearean dialogue is probably going to be a barrier for people to understand and if you can't understand that dialogue you really won't like this film. But as i was saying i felt that if i hadn't read the play i would have been quite lost during the film. If you aren't paying careful attention and reading into even the most subtle of hints some scenes will seem random and you'll have no idea what is going on. So i think this is definitely not for general audiences who just want to relax and check out a film, it requires a fair amount of attention.

So in the end, it is beautifully shot, intense, extremely well acted and a great adaptation of this incredible play. Maybe not for the general audience but any fans of the source material or lovers of film should love this movie. - 8.6/10


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