Macbeth (2015)

Justin Kurzel directs Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard and Sean Harris in this Shakespeare tragedy where prophecy leads a medieval thane down a dark path.

God! This looks incredible. All hazy oranges, like blood is being carried on smoke, and lived in fabrics ready to be splattered in battle and misery. And this is a cast I can get behind. Considine, Thewlis, whispering Sean Harris and those achingly beautiful power couple leads. So why couldn’t I concentrate on it when the screaming stopped and the talking began? The language (as delivered) and the chosen pace of the plotting are flat. It trudges from top setting violence to blankness with stumbling bumbling. When the carnage returns you are long lost, it is lost. A great cast, amazing visuals, yet somehow one of literature’s greatest stories is poorly told. A palpable disappointment.


My Top 10 Marion Cotillard Movies

1. Inception (2010)

2. A Very Long Engagement (2004)

3. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

4. Allied (2016)

5. Two Days, One Night (2014)

6. Love Me if You Dare (2003)

7. Midnight in Paris (2011)

8. Contagion (2011)

9. La Vie En Rose (2007)

10. Taxi (1998)

One comment

  1. Paul. Writer and Filmmaker · April 8, 2019

    I too was disappointed with this Macbeth adaptation as it was SO slow and cold. Despite the cast and incredible look it just never caught fire dramatically.

    A Cotillard film definitely worth seeing and certainly in her top three (for me), is Jacques Audiard’s Rust and Bone (2012).


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