Macbeth

Macbeth

By Geoffrey Wright

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 2007-07-13
  • Advisory Rating: 15
  • Runtime: 1h 45min
  • Director: Geoffrey Wright
  • Production Company: Anton Capital Entertainment (ACE)
  • Production Country: France, United Kingdom, United States of America
  • iTunes Price: GBP 4.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: GBP 3.49
6.5/10
6.5
From 713 Ratings

Description

From acclaimed director Geoffrey Wright (Romper Stomper) comes this contemporary take on the Shakespeare classic. Set in the violent criminal underworld of Melbourne, Australia, the story follows Macbeth (Sam Worthington), a loyal henchman to his crime boss, Duncan. Macbeth is told he will one day assume great power and driven by this prophecy he plots with his wife to kill his boss and gain control of the organisation. But Macbeth knows that to maintain power he must remain ruthless, and with his remaining enemies uniting in a bid to destroy him, the end is bound to be bloody. Destined to do for the Scottish play what Baz Luhrmann did for Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth is a sexy, all action, guns blazing ride of awesome proportions!

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Reviews

  • Don’t belive the bad reviews

    5
    By Katieoff
    This is a gripping adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth”. All dialogue is shakespearian and true to the original, only edited down for time. Very cleverly done.
  • Just not right.

    1
    By Judi UK
    I cannot rate this more than one star. I'm not against Shakespeare being modernised, this surely is the reason why his plays have endured. They do withstand the trial of time. So why change it? The script that is. The comedy is completely removed. Oh yes, there is comedy, just remember the porter shambling to the gate after Duncan's murder. It's the light we need to appreciate the darkness. "Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow ... " is removed and reinserted as an epilogue, spoken by whom? In the original script it comes after Macbeth learns of his wife's death. This is his characters change - introversion after extroversion. Necessary to be rightly placed. The filming is too dark to the point where often one cannot see what is happening at all. The characters are too dramatic, too melodramatic maybe. The staging is too moody as is the music. Light sabres? Please!!! All in all too much. I struggled to stay awake through it wishing only that I'd rented it and not bought it. I look forward to reading other postings. Someone has to like it!

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