MustSee Movie: Macbeth by Justin Kerzel (2015)

Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard in a new breathtaking production of the classic Shakespeare story about a king who’s possessed of power and goes crazy. If there would be a battle of British classics that get a new interpretation, it would take place between Jane Austen and Shakespeare. This year Shakespeare made it. Justin Kerzel brought „Macbeth“ on the big screen and the main parts are played by the Academy Award winners Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender in powerful rough and grey pictures.

About the plot:

The Scottish gent Macbeth and his friend Banquo meet three witches who predict that he will be the King of Scotland one day, but Banquo the founder of a big dynasty. The moment he tells his wife about it her ambition rises and she manipulates him to kill the King of Scotland. He refuses to murder this sensitive guy, but in the end his brainwashing wife wins. He becomes the King, but he goes nuts about his bad conscience and wants to kill his friend, because he thinks, he’s his new enemy.


A timeless tragedy begins.

Kerzel wanted it to be an authentic movie, so the dialogues are mostly like Shakespeares texts. The scenes were filmed at the actual locations and are more brutal than some other production.

Well… This movie splits the critics into two camps.


Some love the setting, the colors and the dialogues. The actors get a lot of space to act, interpreting their classical parts. At his premiere the director got standing ovations!

But there also a lot of people who are annoyed by the old language, by the rigid camera that only moves when there’s a battle. Fassbender and Cotillard, that’s namedropping at it’s best and maybe they’re the only ones who could perform this heavy stuff (and they look so fucking good!), but in the end it’s just another lecture in British culture (what I appreciate, but maybe sometimes we need it more „Cluelessly”) Scottish.