The Tragedy of Macbeth

The Tragedy of Macbeth ★★★

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Joel Coen tried his damndest, but he didn't quite convince me that The Tragedy of Macbeth is anything other than a lifeless stylistic curiosity, an itch that needed to be scratched. The material certainly has a Coen-esque flair to its petty squabbles. Rootless ambition, and symbols of death and decay passing through the land. Threads of spirits and witches, a sense of fate beyond the fog. Joel Coen, with DP Bruno Delbonnel and production designer Stefan Dechant in tow, is determined to make a memorable pass at the material. I found its mix of modernist sculpting and expressionist form to be evocative at the very least. Performances are excellent across the board. Too bad it can't quite shake the aura of being your high school english teacher's new favorite movie to put on after finals are over.