Film: The Tragedy of Macbeth

Opened: December 25, 2021

Directed by: Joel Coen

Starring: Denzel Washington, Frances McDormand, Alex Hassell, Bertie Carvel, Corey Hawkins, Harry Melling, Kathryn Hunter, Brendan Gleeson, Miles Anderson, Matt Helm, Moses Ingram, Ethan Hutchinson, Scott Subiono, Brian Thompson, Lucas Barker, Stephen Root, Robert Gilbert, James Udom, Susan Berger, Richard Short, Sean Patrick Thomas, Ralph Ineson & Jefferson Mays

Though it’s stylistically beautiful with solid performances, The Tragedy of Macbeth fails to update its source text for modern audiences, which will likely push viewers away.

Lord Macbeth (Denzel Washington) receives a prophecy from three witches (Kathryn Hunter) that he will become King of Scotland. In order to seize power, he must dispose of current King Duncan (Brandan Gleeson). Macbeth’s wife (Frances McDormand) fervently supports him in his endeavor.

Gorgeously filmed in black and white with sets and shots that are simplistic but captivating, the look of the film is enough to draw in any film buff. Washington and McDormand are both deliver their text perfectly.

However, it’s the Shakespearian language that’ll isolate viewers. While it’s always great to keep the original language, it’s hard to follow and could benefit from modernizing.

Final say: Tragic in good and bad ways. ★★★☆☆

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