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“Something evil is coming here.”

A24 is finally out. The tragedy of Macbeth, the latest cinematic adaptation of William Shakespeare’s legendary play of the same name for Apple TV+.

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Directed by acclaimed director Joel Coen. The tragedy of Macbeth it’s a mesmerizing film, and possibly one of the director’s best films. Although the film differs somewhat from the source material, Shakespeare’s works have had many different interpretations throughout history, which is what makes them so timeless.

Some of you high school students will probably want to watch this movie instead of reading your homework, so before you do, let’s see how Cohen’s movie differs from Shakespeare’s play.



Age of Macbeth

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One of the differences in this version of Macbeth is their advanced age, with lead actors Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand in their 60s. Thus, Cohen and McDormand decided to acknowledge the latter’s inability to have children thanks to her character, which made Lady Macbeth’s inability to produce an heir for her husband significant. part of their relationship and their destruction. As a result, one line of Shakespeare’s dialogue was changed to the past tense to express this aspect of their troubled marriage.


Three witches

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One of the most iconic characters in Macbeth three witches who tell Macbeth about his future as king, setting the events of the story in motion. Director Joel Coen presents a unique interpretation of these strange sisters (all played by Katherine Hunter) through the way one of them contorts her body, evoking the image of Samara from the film. Ring. Not only that, they usually take the form of the ravens that appear so frequently in the play, acting as a symbol of the characters’ impending doom and a fitting addition to the film’s gothic horror aesthetic.


The identity of the third killer

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One of the most talked about mysteries surrounding Macbeth is the identity of the “Third Assassin”, a character who was involved in the murder of Banquo and his son Flins. In Cohen’s adaptation, we see that Ross, Macduff’s cousin and frequent messenger throughout the story, is the Third Assassin. The scene depicting Banquo’s murder and his slow hunt for Flins through a wheat field is straight out of a horror movie, effectively conveying the evil behind his and Macbeth’s actions.


Diverse composition

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Perhaps the most noticeable difference between the film and the play is that the role of Scottish King Macbeth is played by an African American. Not only that, Macduff, his wife and their son are played by black actors.

Cohen was not the first director to become famous for his diverse production Macbeth, as Citizen Kane Director Orson Welles notably adapted and staged the play with an all-black cast as early as 1936. But while Wells’ version was set in Haiti, Cohen’s adaptation was set in Scotland, which made the latter’s diverse cast all the more remarkable. However, speaking about the film’s cast, Denzel Washington said, “In my humble opinion, we should be where diversity shouldn’t even be mentioned, like it’s something special.”


Death of Macbeth

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The film’s climax is a sword fight between Macbeth and Macduff, which has a unique detail that says a lot about the evil king. After a lengthy battle, Macduff is able to decapitate his opponent as the latter tries to put his crown back on his head after it fell to the ground. Macbeth’s fatal error symbolizes how his greed led to his downfall, as his lust for the crown blinded his judgment and caused him to turn to evil, ultimately leaving him wide open for Macduff to end both his life and his life brutally. reign as king.

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