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)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    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.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    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.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

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

  • LANGUAGE:

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

  • THEMES:

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

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    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.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    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.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Timeline feels very quick, purists might not like it.

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