Are we allowed to talk theatric performances/film adaptations of Macbeth?
I wanted this one to work, but Kurzell and the writers really fucked with it in a bad way.
He looks like one of those chicks at a new age bookstore... What kind of fabric is that? Saffron silk?
When I first decided to watch a shit load of Hamlet plays I started with a side by side of Branagh and Tenet
Oh god did Branagh make Tenet cringey as hell. Wish I could replace Branagh's Claudius with Patrick Stewart, though, I think his performance is a lot better than whoever the other one is.
They cut out all of the comic characters and some extremely important lines and added a scene. Macbeth's ambition is more or less absent and Lady Macbeth is pulling his strings entirely. Her death is an embarrassment.
Also from the director's own lips: "it sounds more like a western." This is why it failed. You can't take a script written for the stage and try to read it like its conversational tones.
I really liked parts of it man, putting Banco's murder on screen was also a really good choice imo. But so so much of it was poorly executed.
His Hamlet has missteps (the ghost scenes are awful, Robin Williams and Jack Lemon need to not be there, his Mousetrap scene could be more subtle, and he rushes out the lines sometimes) but his is by far the best adaptation. Best Ophelia, best Polonius, Best Laertes, best Castle Elsinore, best "get thee to a nunnery," best gravedigger scene and Olivier's "to be or not to be" just barely edges his out. I could go on.
I don't know what you mean by "canon."
The words are all Shakespeare's (except when Malcolm finds Macbeth in Duncan's chambers, idk wtf that was). They cut out many important lines from the dialogues, and removed characters (like the Porter) to shorten it for Kurzell's version. Obviously that works sometimes (Olivier cut Rosencrantz and Guildenstern out entirely), but I think losing the tragicomical aspects of the plays impoverishes them in a big way.
Jesus Christ, have you ever actually seen a play, any play, in the flesh? The grossest community theatre actor could outperform Olivier.
Tennant's Hamlet is the definitive film adaptation.
>Lady Macbeth is pulling his strings entirely
Where did you get that from?
In this adaptation her role is downgraded to a minimum, even though she's the prime example of the femme fatale and they got a great actress to play her her influence is much smaller than it is in the play or other adaptations
The slow motion kept distracting me
Also the costumes
They were really bad
Historical and fantasy costumes in the past 5-10 years in hollywood seem to have gotten really cheap
Everything is on the level of the 1990s Hercules tv series
Some of them were literally wearing padded riding vests
The red at the end was alright.
Orson Welles 1948 Macbeth is a very interesting noirish adaptation, he really emphasizes the conflict between paganism and Christianity in it
As a bonus here is the only footage of his earlier all black stage production: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZLrqJka-EU
Kurosawas adaptation into a Noh play is also quite interesting