Director: Joel Coen
Writer/s: Joel Coen, William Shakespeare
Starring: Denzel Washington, Frances McDormand, Bertie Carvel, Corey Hawkins, Harry Melling, Kathryn Hunter, and more.
A24 presents Denzel Washington starring in “The Tragedy of Macbeth.” Okay, so listen. Denzel, A24, black and white picture, teaser trailer has Denzel staring at the camera. I’M SOLD!!! I also essentially started something I’ve been meaning to start for awhile, and I am making it official for 2022. I am no longer watching trailers unless I am sitting in front of a movie theater screen and it is playing before the film. You know? Like the old days. No more studying, no more rewatches. Just pure first time trailer views when I am in a movie theater, and I started this essentially with “The Tragedy of Macbeth,” as I only saw the teaser and that was it. So let’s dive in.
“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 plans of seizing power.”
Pure movie f*&^in’ magic! What do you get when you combine the likes of Denzel Washington, Frances McDormand, and an insane set of up-and-coming performance actors? You get a f*&^ing acting clinic. This cast took the intricate, flow-like-water words of Shakespeare and adapted it to one of the best presentations I’ve seen in film. At times it is a stage play because ultimately that is still the heart and soul of Macbeth. Yet at other times we have a Coen special brought to us by Joel Coen, once again, giving movie lovers some of the most appealing pieces to witness on the silver screen.
I say the man’s name time and time again but for good reason. Ladies and gentleman, if there’s any sole reason to watch “The Tragedy of Macbeth,” it’s to see Denzel give a typical powerhouse performance using the words of the legend himself, Shakespeare. Now don’t get me wrong, I’ll be the first to admit that in school I slept through anything Shakespeare, but I am much more of the audible and visual absorber of entertainment. To see these words mouthed from Denzel, phewwwwww.
“The Tragedy of Macbeth” isn’t without a personal critique, however. As I said before, I slept through the studying of Shakespeare’s words when I was in school. With his words being adapted to the movie screen, that simply means if his writing is not your cup of tea, you very well may not like this movie. It’s quite exactly verbatim to what Macbeth is, and the film is not without its slower and drawn out moments where the dialogue may be a bit much when huge exciting things are not happening. I did even catch myself nodding off at one moment due to the lack of sleep I got before my showing.
The fantastical and mesmerizing piece of art that is “The Tragedy of Macbeth” was brought to us by one half of the legendary Coen brothers. This film sent me reeling by the time the credits rolled. Denzel — Superb. McDormand — as electric as ever. Bertie Carvel, Corey Hawkins, and Harry Melling — God damn, holding their own with award winning powerhouses. And Kathryn Hunter as the Witches/Old Man — ARE YOU KIDDING ME!? Go off, Kathryn. Run this shit! Again, if you can appreciate a dialogue-heavy drama with absolutely electric performances, go eat this one up. If you want violent action with pulse-pounding moments throughout the film, maybe look elsewhere.
Rating: 4/5 🎬
Editor: Erica McNatt
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