Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand star in Joel Coen’s bold and fierce adaptation; a tale of murder, madness, ambition, and wrathful cunning.
Language: English – subtitles: Dutch
A Scottish lord becomes convinced by a trio of witches that he will become the next King of Scotland, and his ambitious wife supports him in his plan of seizing power. A conflicted Macbeth seizes the opportunity, and as blood stains his hands, the throne is his for the taking. However, murder is an unbearable burden, and soon, rapid paranoia blackens the conscience and imperils the sanity of the cursed couple.
The Tragedy of Macbeth is based on the world-famous play by William Shakespeare and has been written for the screen and directed by Joel Coen. The film stars Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand. Kathryn Hunter takes on the roles of all three witches.
Please note: the subtitles will be in Dutch. The film uses lines from the original text (likely written in 1606).
There will be an introduction prior to the film by actor and Shakespeare expert William Sutton.
[Kathryn] Hunter, a master of physical theater — if Peter Jackson had cast her as Gollum he’d have saved millions on his CGI budget — opens the film in a fit of contortion, crawling over herself like a confused crab, limbs snagging on themselves Rolling Stone.
Denzel Washington’s tortured king crowns a movie to die for. The couple’s ages are integral: Washington and especially McDormand play the plot as a desperate last snatch at power, rather than the actions of a bloodthirsty power couple on the rise. It’s villainous, yes —but also skeweringly sad. The Telegraph.
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