As we all know, Macbeth has been adapted many times around the world. There must be some compelling reasons to recreate Macbeth again. In The Tragedy of Macbeth, Joel Coen brings visual storytelling to its essence and presents the narrative in a minimalist yet very precise manner. They make it in black and white. Shadows, lights, blacks, whites, and mists are all seamlessly blended into the visual tale. The Imageries in The Tragedy of Macbeth are incredibly striking. There are many spectacular visuals, particularly the scene where three witches are reflected in the water. In numerous situations, the mist contributes to the visual suspense. One of the most crucial parts of this film is its blocking. Each element in the frame is meticulously arranged and has a direct bearing on the storytelling. The transitions are composed in a poetic manner. Those transitions enhanced the efficacy of the screenplay. All of these technological components, together with an adequate sound design, contribute to the film’s artistry.
Denzel Washington plays Macbeth, with Frances McDormand, Alex Hassell, Bertie Carvel, Kathryn Hunter and others supporting him. We’re sceptical about Denzel, especially because a strong personality like him can’t always persuade you of his fragility. Denzel, on the other hand, appears to be more credible in his vulnerability. His transformation from an ambitious and self-assured warrior to a confused monarch with a guilty conscience is admirable. Kathryn Hunter’s physical performance as a witch is equally impressive.
They used the play’s old English dialogues verbatim. Though it has made film more lyrical but becomes harder to comprehend. As a result, it becomes a difficult film to sit through.
The Tragedy of Macbeth incorporated both cinematic and theatrical elements. The blocking, lighting, and minimalistic set designs give it a theatrical atmosphere, while the transitions, cuts, and camera moves are all incredibly cinematic. Bruno Delbonnel makes this all possible. This is a highly uncommon cinematic experience in today’s world. This black-and-white film rendition of Shakespeare’s Macbeth is well worth your time.