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Macbeth Reviews

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April 19, 2014
Shakespeare as done like a HAMMER horror film and, while it is problematic, it's also beautifully shot and acted.
June 8, 2013
Grim, violent adaptation of Shakespeare's savage tale of ambition and greed. Filled with terrific performances and some trippy visuals -- although the fight scenes feature a little too much undercranking for mine -- you can see the anger Polanski poured into this, his first film after the murder of his first wife, Sharon Tate. I imagine certain scenes of women being beaten, raped and murdered, and another of a foetus being ripped from a womb, would have hit particularly close to home -- you can feel Polanski working through his despair on film. This is also evident in the film's utter humourlessness -- yes it's a serious play, but before this, Polanski would always work humour into even the darkest of his films.
January 19, 2014
Polanski's Macbeth is a great film. Not the most eloquent of reviews but it is fitting.
November 5, 2013
It's a great adaptation from Shakespeare but I missed more chemistry between Finch and Annis. The couple is the main thing in this story and it deserved stronger scenes. It's a film, the director can create some things to add more power to the original plot (of course, being loyal to Shakespeare creation). The action scenes were a little bit bad too.
September 29, 2013
Awesome Shakespearian adaptation, bleak and bloody.
June 8, 2013
"Saludos Macbeth". Román Polanski logra un trabajo impresionante adaptando la obra de William Shakespeare con un tono nihilista producto de sus infernales experiencias personales y realizando un ejercicio catártico que le da vida a este inmortal relato sobre la muerte, el destino y la venganza.
August 28, 2013
Roman Polanski's Macbeth is unsettling and uneven, but also undeniably very compelling and well made.
June 26, 2013
Unlike most Macbeth adaptations, this one is genuinely creepy and disturbing. In other words, it's what Shakespeare would have intended
June 8, 2013
This is actually the wonderful 1971 Polanski film released just two years after his then pregnant wife was brutally murdered by members of the Manson family, and is morbidly preoccupied with violence and cruelty.
Connie S.
June 8, 2013
A really great take on Shakespeare's epic and murderous tragedy. Watched the film in school to explain the play and it was a great insight into the world similar to what Shakespeare was writing about. Polanski did an amazing job on the film.
June 8, 2013
Really captures the play well and scenery for its time is understandable. The Acting could have been better but good movie all together.
June 8, 2013
An absolutely dull and miserable, needlessly confusing, melodramatic, cheap, slow paced script intensive piece of depressing garbage. It's a boring and confusing story to start with, but on top of that, the camerawork is as empty and amateur as a sitcom, The sound effects, dialouge, effects, locations, costumes are too cheesy and dry for the dumbest of dumbasses to admire the least bit. The fight scene at the end was like watching geezers trying to execute a prison rape with wet cloths on and lasted much too long for the liking of any modern audience. It was constructed and acted like a Chuck Norris TV movie. Altogether is was a chore to watch, the best part was the end because I didn't have to watch it anymore, another 10 minutes could of made me vomit. If you find a copy, burn it.
June 8, 2013
Roman Polanski's Playboy Production of Macbeth is the last great adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy.
June 8, 2013
Roman Polaski did a terrific job on bringing one of William Shakespeare's tragedy to life.
June 8, 2013
Saw this when I was at school. Great film. Polanski's best.
June 8, 2013
Sicuramente la piů cupa e brutale trasposizione della celebre tragedia shakespeariana, dove il dolore č il vero protagonista del film. Il neovedovo Polanski crea un' Macbeth dove il sangue, la sofferenza e la violenza esplodono in maniera incontrollabile. Senza ombra di dubbio la tragedia personale del regista ha pesantemente influenzato sulle scelte stilistiche e sulla realizzazione dellla pellicola, impossibile non notarlo a parer mio, il che la rende sotto molti punti di vista il lavoro piů estremo e personale del regista. Bellissime le visioni e i sogni, che mi hanno portato alla mente i deliri onirici di "Repulsion" e "Rosemary's Baby". Attendo di vedere con ansia le versioni per quanto so molto diverse tra loro di Welles e Kurosawa.
June 8, 2013
For those of you who have read the Shakespearean play/book of Macbeth, you all pretty much know the story; Three witches predict Macbeth to become king after King Duncan and their predictions become true as usual but when Duncan makes a different decision, Lady Macbeth persuades him to kill King Duncan in the middle of the night but he refuses due to the king's goodness and after going crazy by hallucinating a dagger that leads him to the kings bedroom, he kills Duncan. Macbeth is crowned king, Lady Macbeth goes insane and dies from the risk he was forced from and the witches make more predictions so he kills off his friend Banquo and Macduff's wife and kids who was his right-hand man. Macduff takes revenge and kills Macbeth so therefore Duncan's son Malcolm is crowned king. I remember seeing this in high school and it is the most mystifying Shakespeare adaptation of Macbeth ever. The story and direction is absolutely solid and the actors just owned the screen. Some scenes were added deliberately by the director so we can establish the scenes from the play/book more and they did the right thing. Directed by Roman Polanski who you may remember for Rosemary's Baby and Carnage, The Tragedy Of Macbeth gets a 9.9/10.
June 8, 2013
There were too many asides.
June 8, 2013
I do not why they chose to have old naked woman* on screen, but other than that, this version of Macbeth is well made with some good action scenes and great performances from its actors. If you can get past the (possibly) old naked woman, it is worth a look.

*The old women might have been young women with make up on to make them look old, but I am not sure because I did not want to look just in case.
AJ V

Super Reviewer

June 8, 2013
In case you ever wondered what would happen if Polanski did a Shakespeare production, check out this movie, it's actually very cool. I loved it.
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