The tragedy of Macbeth (2021)

Directed by Joel Cohen

Starting Denzel Washington, Frances McDormand

This film is earning many nominations, especially for Washington, so I wanted to see it. I knew it was based on a play by Shakespeare and normally I don’t like those films, but I gave it a shot.

The main theme I got from the story is we see the effect that ambition for power has on Macbeth. After he was told by three witches he would be king, he murders the king and takes his place. But his guilt and paranoia affect Macbeth and his wife.

I want to be honest that I am not a fan of films based on plays, I have liked a few but not a lot. For me, it is just hard to get into the dialogue style, but sometimes others aspects of the film make up for that little detail that speaking for myself, I don’t like that much.

The one thing that kept me watching the movie was the visuals and direction. Joel Cohen made a truly artistic film where the camera shots are part of the story and the visual effects are equally as sad and haunting as the story the movie is telling. The story in the film is told brilliantly through the performances and the visuals. I was also intrigued by the story, this being the first film I see about this play. But the main thing I can say for this film is that is all about the artistic vision and direction of the film.

Denzel Washington is amazing as always. Frances McDormand is also great. The performances overall are very good and all contribute greatly to the story Cohen wanted to tell.

Although I was a bit lost by the dialogue, I enjoyed the film and all the elements in it.

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