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Great Performances: Macbeth

Patrick Stewart , Rupert Gould    Unrated   DVD
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Director Rupert Goold adapts his gripping stage production of Macbeth - with Sir Patrick Stewart and Kate Fleetwood reprising their Tony-nominated performances - into this edgy film adaptation, which relocates the bloody action to a nameless 20th-century netherworld.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something wicked Aug. 25 2011
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Patrick Stewart is one of the few great Shakespearean actors alive today -- you could give this guy any role, and he would enthrall you. So he seems like an obvious choice for the title role of Shakespeare's legendary play "Macbeth." This 2010 adaptation is a dark, industrial, grimy affair, with plenty of blood and eerie effects.

Shortly after a victory in battle, Macbeth (Stewart) and his friend Banquo (Martin Turner) are traveling home across a heath when they encounter three witches dresses as nurses. They greet him with "All hail, Macbeth! hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor! All hail, Macbeth! that shalt be king hereafter!"

When MacBeth is made Thane of Cawdor, he naturally begins to think that being king might be next in line. And when King Duncan (Paul Shelley) visits his castle, Lady MacBeth (Suzanne Burden) goads her husband into murdering the king and framing a couple of innocent servants for the deed. As the witches predicted, MacBeth becomes king of Scotland.

But the witches also prophesied that Banquo would be the father of kings, so MacBeth starts tying off loose ends by hiring assassins to kill Banquo and his young son, as well as a wily thane named MacDuff and all of his family. But though MacBeth believes himself to be safe from everyone, his fear begins to grow as madness and guilt torment him and his wife.

One of the most fascinating things about "Macbeth" is how evil it is -- mass murder, insanity, bloody ghosts, a trio of manipulative witches, and a weak man who becomes a raving murderous paranoiac. First-time director Rupert Goold seizes on all the blood, darkness and horror of the story, and splashes it all over this adaptation.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant June 25 2014
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Patrick Stewart is brilliant in this movie. Staged, costumed and directed wonderfully. A must see for Shakespeare and Patrick Stewart fans alike.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it Nov. 25 2012
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Great alternative to the original 70's movie; teenagers relate well to this version given the more modern context. Very graphic, so used discretion when viewing.
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