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Großbritannien 2015 - with Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Paddy Condsidine, David Thewlis ...

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Movie info

Original title:Macbeth
Direction:Justin Kurzel
Cinema release:29.10.2015
Production country:Großbritannien 2015
Running time:Approx. 113 min.
Rated:From 12 years
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The story is already 400 years old, but has lost little of its power and topicality until today: After Macbeth (Michael Fassbender), Than of Glamis and faithful general of King Duncan (David Thewlis), on the battlefield of three witches receives the prophecy that he will soon be King of Scotland, he is persuaded by his wife (Marion Cotillard) to murder the king and even ascend the throne. This is the beginning of a reign of terror, Duncan's son Malcolm (Jack Reynor) and Macbeth's adversary Macduff (Sean Harris) want to put an end to it with all their might…

Shakespeare's "Macbeth" is one of the most played songs worldwide. But not only on the big and small stages of this world, also in television and cinema the story has been adapted by the Kingslayer countless times. Director Justin Kurzel didn't just want to offer a new interpretation of the well-known original material. He also wanted to make Shakespeare's language, which was not always easy to understand, more accessible to a broad cinema audience, without destroying the special nature of poetry. And that's exactly how his film fails. Visually there is nothing wrong with this adaptation. There are several fascinating images that transport the viewer directly to the dirty battlefield in Scotland or to the king's castle. This fascinating visual language is supported by the committed play of the actors. Michael Fassbender in particular delivers a more than convincing presentation that can really leave an impression.

In view of these successful aspects, Kurzel would now have had the chance to make the material accessible to a modern audience and not just to satisfy the feature pages. However, instead of really modernizing the dialogues and proving that even today language is handled in an artistic and lyrical way, he sticks to Shakespeare's style, which was for many a bulky one. The press booklet still gives the impression that Kurzel and his team are well aware that you have to approach a cinema audience in a completely different way than the audience in a theatre. But this was not successful in the implementation. Every word here sounds artificial and theatrical in the worst sense of the word. That would have been acceptable if the script had kept Shakespeare's poetry. But instead, his style is only copied and you wait in vain for the sentences you know as a layman.

This has given you the opportunity to show that you can tell a classic story with modern means and still maintain a certain claim. Instead, the film is desperately chasing an artistic claim that does not make it accessible to a broad audience. The soundtrack, which at times is very annoying, also contributes to the fact that this "Macbeth" has been dazzled by the pretty trailer and the (often false) "Game of Thrones" comparison, especially for viewers who expect exciting entertainment cinema to become a real torture.

Sicherlich, there is also an audience for this adaptation. Those who like to be confronted with dialogues in the cinema, in which one has already forgotten the beginning of a sentence before it is finished, those who like to get lost in artistic, but also artificial dramaturgy or those who are simply a great lover of Shakespeare's works and their film adaptations, will certainly experience great cinema here. For such viewers there is then also a: Absolutely worth seeing! But if you really want to see thrilling entertainment cinema with accessible characters and dialogues, which you can also enjoy without studying literature, you should avoid this film. Because then the following applies unambiguously: Only very conditionally worth seeing!

An article by Frankfurt-Tipp


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