The Tragedy of Macbeth (2021)
1h 45m / R / Drama, Thriller
At last, a film whose name we won’t be able to say out loud from stage. And we once played a movie called Hail Satan?!
The Tragedy of Macbeth is, at least this time around, the work of director Joel Coen (one of the Coen brothers, famous for Fargo, The Big Lebowski, No Country for Old Men and many others) and his first film as a solo act. A violent, vicious and surreal take on Shakespeare’s famous play of a Scottish king, his ambitious wife and what they’d both be willing to do for power, Macbeth has had a long and storied history not just as a play but on the silver screen as well. But this take, starring Oscar®-winners Denzel Washington as Macbeth and Frances McDormand as Lady Macbeth and filmed in dreamlike black and white, lets the well-known story of treachery, murder and the psychological cost of crossing moral boundaries expand in the imagination to take on new dimensions of (frighteningly contemporary) complexity. It’s a visual feast that’s served with enormous respect for the essence of Shakespeare’s words, even though the text has been pared down to move at a furious pace. A creepy, trippy, bone-shaking triumph. Join us for a vision of The Scottish Play unlike any you’ve ever seen.