Justin Kurzel‘s “Macbeth” rolls into limited release today, and Harvey Weinstein probably wishes more people were paying attention to it. For most of the folks who have been lucky enough to catch the movie thus far, they’ve been overtaken by the film’s boldness, the performances by Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, and the director’s uncompromising vision of Shakespeare’s play (read our review). One fellow filmmaker has been impressed, “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” director David Lowery.
In a piece for The Talkhouse, Lowery affectionately gushes about the movie, one that he says will be remembered in the canon of “Macbeth” adaptations. Here’s an excerpt from his write up:
What a vision this movie is! A slowed-down, amped-up overpowering tapestry, one part spectacle and two parts hallucination. Shakespeare’s words are still there, for the most part, and they’re beautifully performed, but the film could function just as well without them. Turn the dialogue all the way down, turn up the droning score and sound effects to 11, and I daresay the film would scarcely suffer. Of those numerous immortal lines casting light upon Macbeth’s descent, are any so clear and immediate as the sudden shift in Michael Fassbender’s physical posture following the murder of Banquo? This is a visual experience in which the iambic pentameter is largely part of the immaculate sound design.
So, if you needed any more convincing to see the film, there you go. “Macbeth” is now playing. Check out a new clip below.