The Tragedy of Macbeth

The Tragedy of Macbeth ★★★½

No matter the medium—page, stage, or screen—the modern experience of Shakespeare tends to be quite a “one’s mileage may vary” proposition. As a huge fan of gothic aesthetic and of Denzel Washington projecting all the way to the nosebleeds, this adaptation worked for me. Coen leaning so heavily into the horror of Macbeth’s fanaticism makes perfect sense: from the fiery conclusion of Barton Fink to the chase sequences in No Country for Old Men to the chilling opening of A Serious Man, his characters’ convictions have often led him into that most anxious genre, and this is his most sustained stab at it.

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