This week, BUFS is pleased to present Macbeth starring Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, and Jack Madigan.
Director Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth encompasses stunning cinematography that captures Shakespeare’s story of power, superstition and tragedy. Based on the adaptation by Jacob Koskoff, Todd Louiso, and Michel Lesslie, Macbeth is a contemporary and striking take on Shakespeare’s celebrated play.
The film opens with a sombre scene of Macbeth, played by Academy Award Nominee, Michael Fassbender, and his wife, played by Marion Cotillard, mourning the loss of their dead son. It is followed by images of fog settling over Scotland leaving it to look rather foreboding as men adorn their faces with war paint and run onto the battlefield expelling cries of war. Slowly the audience watches every brutal detail as blood is shed. In the background three witches appear speaking in riddles and begin declaring their looming incantations that Macbeth, the Thanne of Glamis, shall be the next King. Lady Macbeth’s murderous ambition and reassurance helps to ensure the unthinkable deed is carried out. The brutal stabbing of King Duncan is accomplished, Macbeth is King.
Director Justin Kurzel’s cinematic techniques effectively tell the story of the grave cost of power and death. Shakespeare’s words are not lost in this contemporary take on Macbeth. In fact, some might argue that the tone that is set by the landscape throughout the film does it more justice than theatre itself could.
Macbeth screens Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at the Landmark Theaters, Pen Centre. Visit www.brocku.ca/bufs for details.