Macbeth (2015) Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Macbeth (2015)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong violence.

  • The pitch:

    All hail Macbeth.

  • Starring:

    Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Sean Harris, Elizabeth Debicki, David Thewlis, Jack Reynor, Paddy Considine, David Hayman, Maurice Roëves, Ross Anderson

  • Directed by:

    Justin Kurzel

  • Running time:

    113 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)


    Explicit battle sequences. People are stabbed, shot (arrows), run through with swords, slashed, throat-sliced (close-up), punched, axed, burned alive at the stake, poisoned, headbutted. Burning pyres/woodlands. A knife-tip is placed at a woman's belly. Civil war mentioned. Screaming, yelling. Blood/gore: Corpses, severed head. Neck-slicing, wrist-slicing. Bloody heads, hands, backs, obejcts, clothing, cuts, scratches, wounds. Blood spatter, coughing blood, bleeding. Mangled nose, scars, cloudy eye. A child has open wounds/sores on neck/face. A dog grazes from a corpse. Skeleton motifs.


    A couple has clothed sex. A husband places his hand up his wife's dress. Kissing, caressing, hugging. Shirtless men, man in underwear. Nipples, breasts, womb/childbirth mentioned.


    Alcohol (ale/wine assumed). Intoxication. A man drinks a blood-coloured potion. Hallucinations.


    Derogatory term for women. Religious references/exclamations/prayer.


    Macbeth, tragedy, destingy, hubris, politics, ambition, power, prophecy, assassination, death, grief, guilt, treason, paranoia, madness, ritual, fate, betrayal.


    Dead baby, children, wives, husbands, fathers. Funeral, church settings. Horses, dogs, seagulls, full moon, waterfalls, rainbow. Vomiting. Fur blankets, hanging antlers. Snake, scorpions mentioned. Some shaky camerawork.


    Blistering, towering, ingenious, jagged, spare, pared-down, vital, visceral, brisk, bracing, savage, inventive, provocative, brooding, dense, magnificent, bloody, muddy, mighty, heavy, dark, bold, violent, significant, stylish, unforgettable. Believable/powerful/impeccable/immaculate/intense/committed performances, brilliant/outstanding cast, blockbuster battle scenes, spine-tingling staging, chill-inducing opening frame, sensory storytelling, daring makeup designs, breathtaking costumes, nerve-fraying soundtrack, engrossing visuals, remarkable cinematography, outstanding 'To bed' monologue.


    Timeline feels very quick, purists might not like it.

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