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Rated R · 113 minutes · 2015

From the first frames of relative newcomer Justin Kurzel's adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, it becomes apparent that his method of putting his stamp on the prose is to, well, ruthlessly pare away much of the prose. While the Big Scenes are rendered with a ravishing starkness, the connective tissue that's allowed to remain tends to fall away into a low-toned dirge. Following a battlefield encounter with some notably weird sisters, newly promoted Scottish thane Macbeth (Michael Fassbender) becomes obsessed with his prophesied rise to the throne. Spurred on by his wife (Marion Cotillard), he begins hacking/burning/stabbing his way up the royal ladder, much to the suspicions of former comrade Macduff (Sean Harris). Shot through a hellish red filter, Kurzel's knack for apocalyptic imagery slams into full focus, while Fassbender locates the vainglorious core that makes the play persist. Scholars and purists may still be left clutching their chests at what has been chucked over the side, but those roaring final moments ultimately make this Macbeth hard to shake (113 min.).
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Director: Justin Kurzel
Producer: Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Laura Hastings-Smith
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Paddy Considine, Sean Harris, Jack Reynor, Elizabeth Debicki, David Thewlis, David Hayman, Maurice Roëves, Ross Anderson, Barrie Martin, Hilton McRae, Seylan Baxter and Lynn Kennedy



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