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Movie Review: The Tragedy of Macbeth

By: Avery Ducar


The Tragedy of Macbeth, directed by Joel Coen, was scenically somber. There will not be any major spoilers.

Overall, the movie was shot beautifully, however it was in black and white, which added to the somber mood. It was almost like watching an actual play, but it was filmed. The setting was bare so the actors could be the focus. Throughout the movie, the music was low and instrumental. However, when Macbeth was angry or there was a fight scene, the music intensified adding to the dark and intense atmosphere. The movie was very similar to the original play. There were some changes but, in the end, the play ended in the same manner. Some minor changes or adaptations were that the three witches were depicted as crows; however, when they spoke, they turned into older women. Ross played a larger role in the movie than in the play.

This is the kind of movie that you need to be invested in. Because it is in black and white as well as in the same language as the play, it can be hard to understand what is happening if you haven't read the play. The movie was an hour and forty-five minutes long, so it was not terribly long. The last fifteen minutes were the best in my opinion and made up for the confusing parts of the movie.

All in all, the movie was beautifully made, though it may be confusing to some and is not a "light" movie. Before watching, you should be aware that The Tragedy of Macbeth is rated R because there are some violent scenes.

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