1 queen vs 3 witches
After a bloody battle, a sergeant comes to tell King Duncan of Scotland that General Macbeth showed exemplary courage against the coalition forces of Norway and Ireland. Instead of showing us confrontation, The tragedy of Macbeth He remains faithful to the off-screen appearance of William Shakespeare’s play, which Accurately adapts to the language and its musical character.
However, Joel Coen’s approach couldn’t be more cinematic, as evidenced by this first sequence where several of the characters follow the sergeant in a stand-up show for The King. via Great job on depth of field, Director There is no country for old men It depicts bodies from the front, and offers a slightly skewed reading of traditional reverse shots. In this way, the entrances and exits of the various protagonists are not made laterally, as the courtyard and garden sides of the theater stage suppose. Conversely, here we are in full 3D, experiencing images that, through their attractive force, encourage us to allow ourselves to immerse ourselves in them.
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This logic of staging, comparable to that of the paintings that characterize their nature as a window into another world through their frame, is in keeping with the director’s highly pictorial approach. Supported by the always brilliant Bruno Delbonnel in photography (frequent collaborator with the Coens, but also with Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Tim Burton), Joel Coen makes him Macbeth lasting masterpiece, where black and white amplify every moment a slew of gray textures, starting with this heavy sky full of crows.
As if to illustrate the mystery of a man torn between good and evil, this literal gray area surrounds his hostile hero in repetitive and repressive expressiveArchitectural buildings that present some beautiful visual achievements on many occasions.
If Quinn has always been enamored with his characters’ logic, even the most absurd, his camera—and the irony with which he’s always armed—looks well suited here to adapt this year’s story that three witches have convinced him who he is to become king, even if it means committing the king’s murder. Devoured by his own ambition, Macbeth remains a wonderfully tragic character, for whom the director offers a mental space that embodies his progressive madness.
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But the best part of all this is the urgency that the film maker manages to draw from a play that dates back several centuries. By completely erasing people’s image and vision Macbeth Translates an absurd political quarrel, the spectacle of the powerful who do not even seek to consider the responsibility of their power. Suffice it to say that the original script has not lost any of its vitality, especially since then Joel Coen strives to keep up with the pace (This is Shakespeare’s shortest play), which he shortens in one hour and 45 minutes.
But the director avoids the satirical treatment of his story, but on the contrary manages to give it a welcome sensitivity. Where young actors often play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, the fact that the director turned into Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand (both excellent) brings an unexpected fragility,Bonded couple and the elderly, even more desperate than the thought of losing that power which they so often imagined.
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Perhaps it is no coincidence that the project chose to emphasize the tragic dimension of the play from its title: Joel Coen takes one last shot at glory here, a dream of a man and woman whose camera defines beautifully wrinkles, but also the repetitive void around lonely bodies, bereft of proportions that could have changed everything.
With this note of intent, we come to look for an obstacle. But this is exactly where it is. At the end of the movie, it still feels a bit weird. For all his clever, even brilliant, or even always casting choices (a special reference to Corey Hawkins, so compelling as Macduff), The tragedy of Macbeth It has something so clean, and so thoughtful that it doesn’t take the viewer on an entirely emotional level.
This may be due to the swirling shadow of Joel Coen’s predecessors (in particular Orson Welles), but the author seems to lack that little touch of craziness, that step aside that has always defined the duo’s cinema. This does not detract from the quality of this adaptation, but his work as a good student he could have enjoyedA little extra soul.
The Tragedy of Macbeth has been available on Apple TV+ since January 14, 2022