The Tragedy of Macbeth

The Tragedy of Macbeth ★★★½

Shakespeare adaptations are not really my thing but Joel Coen's solo directing effort was worth a look for its visuals and performances. Filmed in letterboxed black and white, the film takes the eerie visual approach Kurosawa used in Throne of Blood and pushes it further into the abstract. The stark, bizzarre set design and precise use of light and shadows feels like it belongs to German Expressionism and the otherworldly result is a perfect fit for the stilted dialogue. Denzel is inspired casting and makes the most of it but it's Kathryn Hunter that leaves the strongest impression playing all three witches to creepy perfection.

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