Film: Brilliant Macbeth top-full of direst cruelty

Justin Kurzel’s bloody adaptation of the Scottish Play is filled with malice, and newness

4th October, 2015
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Michael Fassbender as Macbeth

Macbeth; Directed by: Justin Kurzel; Nationwide, cert 15A; 4 out of 5 stars

The Martian; Directed by: Ridley Scott; Nationwide, cert 12A; 4 out of 5 stars

In his affably incisive 1947 essay on Shakespeare, WH Auden admitted that it “is difficult to say anything particularly new or revealing about Macbeth” as he gently led the play’s characters to the psychoanalytical couch. Nevertheless he went on to artfully dissect their malignant egos, their poisoned relationships,...

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