Tuesday, March 22, 2022

The Tragedy of Macbeth

Last Monday night while Sharon was in Washington DC, I watched the Tragedy of Macbeth on AppleTV+. Sharon and I tried to watch the movie in February, but she baled after about 15 minutes. This is part of my journey to watch all of the Oscar nominated performances.

The Tragedy of Macbeth is a historical thriller film written and directed by Joel Coen. It is based on the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare. It is the first film directed by one of the Coen brothers [The Ballad of Buster Scruggs] without the other's involvement.

The film stars Denzel Washington, Frances McDormand (who also produced the film), Bertie Carvel, Alex Hassell, Corey Hawkins, Harry Melling, Kathryn Hunter, and Brendan Gleeson. For his performance in the title role, Washington was nominated for the Academy Award, Golden Globe, Critics' Choice Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor. The film also received nominations for Best Cinematography and Best Production Design at the 94th Academy Awards.

Unlike when Sharon and I started to watch the movie, I watched it with subtitles turned on. It was alot easier to follow the Shakespearean language that way. Denzel's performance and the cinemtography was interesting. Nevertheless, with so many other choices in movies and streaming series, I don't recommend spending the time on this movie.

A footnote, I didn't realize that the line "something wicked this way comes" comes from this Shakespeare play.

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