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Stewart and Fleetwood are amazing. As good as any I've seen play the roles. Michael Feast, as Macduff, has an incredible take on the scene where Macduff finds out what Macbeth has done to him. I loved it. I don't care for modernized setting for Shakespeare, but I can't fault this version.
Scenes tediously drag on and grow tiresome-- but there are moments of true suspense and great acting from british thespian Patrick Stewart
I think where the film falls apart is how ridiculously over-the-top it gets. For example, without spoiling too much, when the three witches are casting spells, they chant in auto tuned voices with strange dances. At first it's creepy, but this quickly becomes silly and ends up looking like a too-long Dubstep video. Another bafflingly goofy moment is during the feast in which Macbeth sees Banquo's ghost. At first the atmosphere is appropriately chilly and unsettling, but the cast inexplicably breaks out into a 1940's style dance, ruining the scene's momentum. Despite this, the film does feature solid performances from Patrick Stewart (though his age is a little distracting) and Kate Fleetwood, has unique twists for the original source material, and appropriate color schemes. If there weren't too many ridiculously campy out-of-place moments, I would probably get more in to the film, but as is, it's a good film. If the gore from the Polanski version of MACBETH scares you, this new adaptation is definitely one to check out, as it's murder scenes are easier to sit through and far less graphic.
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