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The Tragedy of Macbeth (2022) - Review

By the Pricking of My Thumbs. 3.5 / 5



Directed by Joel Coen.

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.


Joel Coen's adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth is an expansive and epic tale that immerses you in its bleak and chilling world.


I am yet to properly introduce myself in Shakespeare's work so I was happy to see this in the cinema to force the immersion as it is a demanding watch for a first-time watcher. By creating the sets entirely on a soundstage, it separates the film from reality, existing somewhere in a space between film and play - between dream and nightmare.


The whole cast gives incredible performances but Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand show why they are the best at what they do, performing the heavy dialogue with ease.


A unique piece that won't be for everyone but there's so much talent in front and behind the camera that you can't help but sit back and admire it.

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