MACBETH ~ Rated R

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“All hale Macbeth will be King hereafter…”

Director Justin Kurzel brings to the big screen the emblazoned screenplay of writers Jacob Koskoff, Michael Lesslie and Todd Louiso ~ who masterfully reworked William Shakespeare’s classic tale of witchery, passion and war, dowsed with a large dose of madness for good measure ~ THIS IS MACBETH!

Emotionally scared by the death of his son, Macbeth (Michael Fassbender) leaves his love, the ambitious and stunningly beautiful Lady Macbeth (Marion Cotillard) and heads off to war with his fellow kinsman, in order to save his beloved Scotland…

When 3 witches befall upon Macbeth and his friend Banquo (Paddy Considine), it seems that they have a prophecy to share with the warrior Macbeth, as they see him with the crown of Scotland perched rather nicely on HIS HEAD…

Lady Macbeth is happy to hear of the future that was foretold, as she helps Macbeth contrive a scheme, making sure it all unfolds. As his passion for greatness consumes Macbeth ~ and his fine Lady too ~ a sense of madness succumbs them both, and it seems, the grip of Satan too…

As his life unfolds through his murderess ways, Macbeth must make certain that neither friend or foe will challenges his new status as the ruler of the land, or will have the opportunity to prove once and for all, that HE IS TRULY MAD…

I give MACBETH a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN ~ talk about bringing SHAKESPEARE to LIFE ~ and then some ~ this film, and its storyline, are about as dark and twisted as it gets. Fassbender was phenomenal as the tortured Macbeth, and Cotillard gave an outstanding performance as well, playing the passionate and controlling wife, that must assist her man in achieving his destiny… And if you enjoyed the film BRAVEHEART, you will absolutely love this one too, as you could have dropped Gibson into any of the battle scenes, and he totally would have fit right in! Kurzel did a fabulous job of turning William Shakespeare’s masterpiece of madness, into a cinematic gem that will no doubt stand the test of time. And, I must share too, that I was ecstatic to have had the chance to view Fassbender’s best work to date in my estimation, as this film also gave me the opportunity to erase that horrific portrayal he gave as Steve Jobs earlier in the year from my mind…needless to say, I don’t agree with the GOLDEN GLOBES on that nomination this year…

Kathy Kaiser