I have seen Macbeth done many times and I have to admit that I have never connected with the play. Today I saw a film of the play directed by Justin Kerzel.(“The King’s Speech) with Michael Fassbender (“Steve Jobs”) as the lead.
In the past I have often had difficulties with movie production of Shakespeare. Often, without the immediacy of the live stage, they are flat. Sometimes the director overwhelms the words with over production.
This film takes some significant liberties with the play but I found it a stunner. Its use of the cold and dominating highlands of Scotland and its portrayal of a very physical cast never took away from the language. The film involves some very graphic violence but it is never gratuitous.
It runs through next Thursday and if you can find time to make the drive to Albany it is well worth it. Even if you think you do not like Shakespeare this is worth giving it a try.