Maintaining the gripping tone of director Rupert Goold’s acclaimed stage adaptation, this modernized version of the Shakespearean tragedy stars Patrick Stewart and Kate Fleetwood as the ambitious couple driven to madness with paranoia. This conceptual interpretation of the Bard’s play transposes the Scottish setting to a 20th-century militaristic society, and features potent performances by Stewart and Fleetwood as the doomed king and queen. (Netflix)
I’ve had a few friends telling me to watch this for awhile now, and I’m glad I did. Overall, I really liked it. That being said, I did not LOVE it. I thoroughly enjoyed it though. Conceptually, I thought it was really cool, especially from a visual aspect. However, there were a few times I was like Really? As in: you’re really going to stick a sink in the middle of a long dark hallway? Or why are pivotal scenes taking place in the kitchen? But besides a few random things, I liked the dark feel to it. Also, there were parts of this that dragged, but thankfully the other scenes made up for those. The acting for the most part was really good. Patrick Stewart and Kate Fleetwood are both fantastic. However, there were a few times where I thought there was unnecessary yelling. The rest of the ensemble was really good. My only complaints were that the Porter overdid it, and the guy who played the injured lieutenant. The guy may only have one monologue in the whole show, but it’s the first one, and it sets up pretty much everything, so it’s pretty important. Yeah, I couldn’t understand a word that guy said. On the flip side of things, I absolutely loved the witches. They were absolutely terrifying. This was thanks both to the acting, and for the editing of their scenes. They were seriously scary. They also had a presence throughout the entire movie, which I think was a really bold and interesting choice. Overall, I enjoyed this, and it is worth a watch for any Shakespeare lover.