We get our first look at The Tragedy of Macbeth, a film adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth. Directed by Joel Coen, one half of the Coen brothers, the film is a visually unique take on one of Bard’s best-known works.
Starring Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand as Lord and Lady Macbeth, the story follows Lord Macbeth, a general to King Duncan of Scotland (Brendan Gleeson), who is told by a trio of witches that he will be king. When a promotion appears to support the prophecy, Macbeth, driven by Lady Macbeth, blazes a bloody path to the Scottish throne. But his ambition does not end there, as violence continues to breed violence.
The play highlights the dangers of unbridled ambition and paranoia.
The trailer promises a visceral and visually sumptuous adaptation of Shakespeare. We see Macbeth dispatching the unfortunate King Duncan with a knife.
Historically, Shakespeare’s plays have given writers, playwrights, and directors a lot of freedom to put their own spin on the original story. This is how we got Maqbool, Omkara, and Haider from Vishal Bharadwaj, who adapted Macbeth, Othello, and Hamlet to purely Desi contexts with extremely interesting results.
The Tragedy Of Macbeth, judging from the teaser, seems to follow the play quite faithfully. And the movie seems absolutely unmissable for any movie buff.
The film, which premiered at the 2021 New York Film Festival in September, has already impressed critics. On the aggregation analysis site Rotten Tomatoes, it scored 98 percent.
The critical consensus says: “Led by a star Denzel Washington, The Tragedy of Macbeth strips the classic story down to its visual and narrative essentials.”
The Tragedy of Macbeth will have a limited theatrical release on December 25, 2021 and will air on Apple TV + beginning January 14, 2022.