Macbeth Reviews

  • Jul 28, 2019

    William Shakespeare play filmed by nearly as legendary in filmmaking terms Roman Polanski from 1971. Called The Tragedy of Macbeth in some territories the film has a dark tone and explores Macbeth's mental demons. What better director at the time. Polanski reeling from the 1969 murder of his wife Sharon Tate Polanski by the Manson family. Perhaps Roman Polanski was projecting some of his own angst in the tormented character of Macbeth? The location's (of which there were many) include several sites in Northumberland and Wales and are photographed to full effect. Macbeth is one of my favourite Bard plays and Polanski does a good version which has stood the test of time. Features some trademark Polanski quirks including some scenes of nudity and a beheading at the end. Indeed the film was financed by Playboy. The cast is very British including the late stage actor John Finch as Macbeth, Martin Shaw as Banquo and Francesca Annis as Lady Macbeth. Look out for a very young Keith Chegwin as Fleance, the son of Banquo. All hail Macbeth!

    William Shakespeare play filmed by nearly as legendary in filmmaking terms Roman Polanski from 1971. Called The Tragedy of Macbeth in some territories the film has a dark tone and explores Macbeth's mental demons. What better director at the time. Polanski reeling from the 1969 murder of his wife Sharon Tate Polanski by the Manson family. Perhaps Roman Polanski was projecting some of his own angst in the tormented character of Macbeth? The location's (of which there were many) include several sites in Northumberland and Wales and are photographed to full effect. Macbeth is one of my favourite Bard plays and Polanski does a good version which has stood the test of time. Features some trademark Polanski quirks including some scenes of nudity and a beheading at the end. Indeed the film was financed by Playboy. The cast is very British including the late stage actor John Finch as Macbeth, Martin Shaw as Banquo and Francesca Annis as Lady Macbeth. Look out for a very young Keith Chegwin as Fleance, the son of Banquo. All hail Macbeth!

  • May 20, 2019

    Polanski channeled his personal grief for this dark violent and erotic take on "The Scottish Play". It holds it's own compared to Wells' version and my favorite Kurosawa's " Throne of Blood".

    Polanski channeled his personal grief for this dark violent and erotic take on "The Scottish Play". It holds it's own compared to Wells' version and my favorite Kurosawa's " Throne of Blood".

  • Mar 31, 2018

    im not much of a shakespeare lover, but i was very impressed by this picture

    im not much of a shakespeare lover, but i was very impressed by this picture

  • Mar 23, 2018

    This movie is shit for a macbeth movie im not seeing alot of macbeth and the witches are described has horrible beings but in the movie they are regular joes. the audio sounds like they are on a sound stage an d for a movie they do a lot of telling and alot of showing i wouldnt recomend it to everyone i would give it a macpass 10/10

    This movie is shit for a macbeth movie im not seeing alot of macbeth and the witches are described has horrible beings but in the movie they are regular joes. the audio sounds like they are on a sound stage an d for a movie they do a lot of telling and alot of showing i wouldnt recomend it to everyone i would give it a macpass 10/10

  • Sep 28, 2017

    Roman Polanski takes the classic bloody William Shakespeare tragedy and gives it the edge it needs to be wonderful movie. We get some great performances and a dark tone that befalls the movie, and we see the tortured perspectives brought to life. It's compels the same reaction a live performance of this would, and makes most of the dreary atmosphere and melodrama. It is an undeniably wonderful piece of work among all of Shakespearean adaptations and Polanski's catalog.

    Roman Polanski takes the classic bloody William Shakespeare tragedy and gives it the edge it needs to be wonderful movie. We get some great performances and a dark tone that befalls the movie, and we see the tortured perspectives brought to life. It's compels the same reaction a live performance of this would, and makes most of the dreary atmosphere and melodrama. It is an undeniably wonderful piece of work among all of Shakespearean adaptations and Polanski's catalog.

  • Mar 25, 2017

    What a creepy and haunting way to start off a movie. I love it! Very dark, very bleak, very bloody. Some of the shots in this movie are outright gorgeous with the mountains marking the background and the sky as beautiful as could be. This movie brings being haunted by your past ghosts to a whole new meaning. What shocking and terrible sight to see the man you've just slain standing right in front of you. Terrifying and shocking imagery displayed in this very movie. Ideas and images that cause nightmares. That part with the mirrors. Holy crap! Does thine eyes deceive me? That was wonderfully done. It felt like a damn never ending nightmare. Polanski definitely didn't hold back with the shock factor in this one. Showing children dead and all bloodied up, you get the sense that things were very brutal and merciless back then. What a terrific cast of performers. One would think they were watching a live play right before their very eyes. The actress who played Lady Macbeth did a wonderfully terrifying job. Apart from being beautiful, she can be frightening. Like in the one scene where she is naked. Even being naked she still manages to paint a sense of horror. It's pretty crazy to see how a man can go insane with power and lose it. Talk about a great fight! That final battle was mesmerizing to watch. The choreography was great. What a marvelous adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth. Truly a haunting and grueling journey for Macbeth that ended swiftly. Nevertheless, I will be revisiting this movie.

    What a creepy and haunting way to start off a movie. I love it! Very dark, very bleak, very bloody. Some of the shots in this movie are outright gorgeous with the mountains marking the background and the sky as beautiful as could be. This movie brings being haunted by your past ghosts to a whole new meaning. What shocking and terrible sight to see the man you've just slain standing right in front of you. Terrifying and shocking imagery displayed in this very movie. Ideas and images that cause nightmares. That part with the mirrors. Holy crap! Does thine eyes deceive me? That was wonderfully done. It felt like a damn never ending nightmare. Polanski definitely didn't hold back with the shock factor in this one. Showing children dead and all bloodied up, you get the sense that things were very brutal and merciless back then. What a terrific cast of performers. One would think they were watching a live play right before their very eyes. The actress who played Lady Macbeth did a wonderfully terrifying job. Apart from being beautiful, she can be frightening. Like in the one scene where she is naked. Even being naked she still manages to paint a sense of horror. It's pretty crazy to see how a man can go insane with power and lose it. Talk about a great fight! That final battle was mesmerizing to watch. The choreography was great. What a marvelous adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth. Truly a haunting and grueling journey for Macbeth that ended swiftly. Nevertheless, I will be revisiting this movie.

  • Jan 11, 2017

    No me convenció está versión de Macbeth, hay partes interesantes pero muchas otras muy aburridas y lentas, donde los actores no me parecieron lo suficientemente convincentes

    No me convenció está versión de Macbeth, hay partes interesantes pero muchas otras muy aburridas y lentas, donde los actores no me parecieron lo suficientemente convincentes

  • Dec 20, 2016

    An incredible rendition of Shakespeare's classic, there are many ways to adapt Macbeth to the screen, but Roman Polanski takes an incredibly original, psychologically challenging approach and it results in a greatly entertaining, supremely intelligent, and masterfully crafted work of cinema.

    An incredible rendition of Shakespeare's classic, there are many ways to adapt Macbeth to the screen, but Roman Polanski takes an incredibly original, psychologically challenging approach and it results in a greatly entertaining, supremely intelligent, and masterfully crafted work of cinema.

  • Nov 22, 2016

    Polanski captures one of the most fascinating aspects of Shakespeare's play, its grittiness. There's none of the pomp or spectacle that Shakespeare's adaptations usually rely on. Instead, the film strips the play down to its stark and ruthless core, and succeeds because of it.

    Polanski captures one of the most fascinating aspects of Shakespeare's play, its grittiness. There's none of the pomp or spectacle that Shakespeare's adaptations usually rely on. Instead, the film strips the play down to its stark and ruthless core, and succeeds because of it.

  • Oct 16, 2016

    Bela e delirante adaptação feita por Roman Polanski.

    Bela e delirante adaptação feita por Roman Polanski.