" Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow ". Before entering the movie theater to see "The Tragedy of Macbeth," I had never read or seen an interpretation of William Shakespeare's monumental text from the early 1600s. Reading Shakespeare has always seemed like an arduous task, that only someone like Joel Coen, and a cast with names like Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand, can make enjoyable.
"The Tragedy of Macbeth" tells the same story as the literary work. In fact, the tape is spoken in prose, as if it were a play. Macbeth and his friend Banquo, meet Three Witches in the middle of the desert. The witches tell Macbeth a prophecy that he will be Baron of Cawdor, a title that someone else currently holds, and that he will later be king. This prophecy takes Macbeth to the brink of insanity, and to do unthinkable things to make it come true.
The acting work of those who do Shakespeare in theater is always classified as the best in the field. "The Tragedy of Macbeth" is no exception. Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand are class actors (McDormand's 3 Oscars for Best Actress bear witness to that), and the work they do on “Macbeth” is phenomenal. As I mentioned, I've never seen another actor portray Macbeth, but now I can't imagine anyone other than Washington in the role. All his facets as an actor come out in this role, and I won't be surprised if the actor takes home an Oscar nomination for his performance.
Of course, the Coen brothers are some of the best American filmmakers in, perhaps, movie history. So it's kind of redundant to say that Joel Coen's direction also stands out in the film. This is the first time that Joel has directed a film alone, without his brother Ethan Coen, but, without disrespecting Ethan, the absence of the other Coen was not felt. Coen made the decision to shoot in a closed studio, creating various sets that make the movie feel like a play, and not in a bad way. The cinematography, by Bruno Delbonnel, and the production design are also impressive. Each painting on this tape could be a piece of art hanging in a museum.
"The Tragedy of Macbeth" will premiere on January 14 on Apple TV +, but seeing this work in a theater is worthy and necessary, for greater effect. To transport you to the surreal version of Scotland that the director creates in this film, I think it is essential to sit in the darkness of a movie theater, with the big screen, where the actors on screen become gods of 10 feet tall. Still, wherever you decide to watch "Macbeth," I think we'll all come to the same conclusion that the Coens, together or separately, are masters of the art of storytelling.
The entry "The Tragedy of Macbeth" is an acting masterclass first published on Movie Network .