20 June 2024

Things Get Darker In New The Tragedy Of MacBeth Trailer

We’ll be soon moving into the awards season so the big hitters are starting to come out to play. One of those films expected to be in the running will be Joel Coen‘s The Tragedy Of Macbeth. Today Apple TV+ have released another new Trailer which teases the dark side of the classic Shakespearean story

Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand star in star in this tale of murder, madness, ambition, and wrathful cunning. The story of a Scottish lord convinced he will be the next King of Scotland all thanks to three witches.

A work of stark chiaroscuro and incantatory rage, Joel Coen’s boldly inventive visualization of The Scottish Play is an anguished film that stares, mouth agape, at a sorrowful world undone by blind greed and thoughtless ambition. In meticulously world-weary performances, a strikingly inward Denzel Washington is the man who would be king and an effortlessly Machiavellian Frances McDormand is his Lady, a couple driven to political assassination—and deranged by guilt—after the cunning prognostications of a trio of “weird sisters” (a virtuoso physical inhabitation by Kathryn Hunter). Though it echoes the forbidding visual designs—and aspect ratios—of Laurence Olivier’s classic 1940s Shakespeare adaptations, as well as the bloody medieval madness of Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood, Coen’s tale of sound and fury is entirely his own—and undoubtedly one for our moment, a frightening depiction of amoral political power-grabbing that, like its hero, ruthlessly barrels ahead into the inferno.

The film also stars Bertie Carvel, Alex Hassell, Corey Hawkins, Harry Melling, Brendan Gleeson, Moses Ingram and Kathryn Hunter.

The Tragedy Of Macbeth will be released on Apple TV+ from 14th January 2022 including the UK and Ireland. The film states there is a limited cinema release from 25th December, this more likely to be USA only as it’s a A24 co-production, though do check your local indie/Arthouse cinema in case there is screenings.

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