The Tragedy of Macbeth, the new film from director Justin Kurzel and starring Academy Award winners Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand, premiered at the 2017 New York Film Festival on Saturday night. The movie is based on Shakespeare’s play of the same name, which was written in 1605. It tells a story about a Scottish nobleman who has much to gain from power but also has much to lose. It has been adapted multiple times over the years for both film and television. Here are some of the review snippets originating from this premiere, along with more information about the movie itself.
The Wrap’s Alonso Duralde said it was violent, gut-wrenching stuff. David Ehrlich at Indiewire said that it was precision-built to enthrall and that it was the first time he had seen a movie play with Shakespeare’s dialogue as opposed to simply using it as is. The Hollywood Reporter called the film a potent, meaty experience.
While we’ve previously reported on how Denzel Washington said we should not expect this to be a traditional Shakespeare adaptation, it appears that this is exactly what we’re getting with the first reactions to the film at its premiere. Washington plays the former Thane of Cawdor in this adaptation. After he begins to suspect his wife may be conspiring against him, chaos ensues.
Frances McDormand stars as Lady Macbeth in this new film, although there are no reviews that indicate her performance is being talked about much. However, her character has been referred to as a coiled viper by ScreenCrush’s own William Bibbiani.
This version of Macbeth was shot on location in Scotland and costars Sean Harris, Paddy Considine, and David Thewlis. Justin Kurzel (who previously directed 2015’s Macbeth starring Michael Fassbender) is directing this new one, which was written by Todd Louiso and Jacob Koskoff.
Macbeth doesn’t have a release date yet, but it will likely be sometime in 2017. Stay tuned for more updates!
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We finally have our first teaser trailer for the new Harry Potter prequel film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them , and it looks as magical as we would expect. The film stars Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne as the title character Newt Scamander. In his quest to document all of the magical beasts found around the world, he has a little accident and ends up accidentally bringing some of those dangerous creatures with him on his journey to America.
This new teaser shows us just a short look at what we can expect from this new installment in the Harry Potter universe. Even though there isn’t much to see, it still manages to look like an exciting time for those who are already fans of J.K. Rowling’s writing and everyone she has created since she started the original series of books back in 1998.