'The Tragedy Of Macbeth' Is An Interesting Re-Adaptation To One Of Shakespeare's Most Beloved Plays
By Sal LoCicero | January 25, 2022
Joel Coen’s take on the classic story of Macbeth tries to make itself stand out above all other adaptations. Distributed by A24 and Apple TV+, ‘The Tragedy Of Macbeth’ tells the same story you’ve seen - or read - before, but it does so while introducing a unique filmmaking style that’s never been used here before.
With a 4:3 aspect ratio, and its black and white picture, Macbeth feels more accurate to its source material. It gives the movie that ominous look it needs to depict the dark, brutal, and weirdness of Macbeth’s story. The cinematography is significant, DOP Bruno Delbonnel uses all of the imagery to depict the sinister and peculiar that is shown on screen.
At times, it can be questionable as to why Hollywood is remaking another Macbeth movie, or why A24 chose to distribute it, given that it’s not an original tale nor is it as delusional as there many other films in the past. If anything, ‘The Tragedy Of Macbeth’ could’ve been a Netflix property.
That is not to say that this is a bad feature, it’s actually the opposite. It’s an interesting take on the story, one that is more aimed towards film enthusiasts - in certain ways. Joel Coen’s take tries to stand out above all of the re-adaptations prior to it. This is also Joel Coen’s first feature without collaborating with his brother, Ethan Coen. As Ethan Coen decided that he’s no longer interested in filmmaking, Joel Coen is now a solo writer/director.
The performances are spectacular from Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand. Denzel is the one who keeps the viewer hooked with his performance. McDormand also plays a fantastic supporting role.
Some of the Shakespearean dialogue, for those who don’t enjoy it, can be a distraction. When there is a discussion between two characters, the Shakespearean dialogue gets in the way of the discussion. The first act barely moves; in regards to the pace. This is also where the medieval dialogue comes into play. Once a tremendous action occurs in the second act, that is where the pace starts to move at a better speed.
‘The Tragedy Of Macbeth’ shows that Joel Coen is off to a new start in his career, but let’s hope he continues his new filmmaking journey without a slump.