Thursday, January 7, 2016

The children at the center of Macbeth – Sydsvenskan

The child she is talking about is usually absent on stage and in film versions, but here we see that already in the first picture. Dead lying there on the ground in front of their parents’ silent grief. Something in them has died.

When the child returns in the reply above, it is clear that the hole in their hearts filled by a naked lust for power, nurtured by a hatred of all those who are blessed with a family. As the friends Banquo (Paddy Considine) and MacDuff (Sean Harris). Children seem to be everyone’s privilege, except just the couple Macbeth. Even the prophetic witches have one and receive another during the movie.

Once on the throne begins Macbeth a series of purges of the presumptive contenders for power, and especially he emphasizes the importance of murdering their children. It is as if he wants to take the entire future with her to the grave. Acts of madness culminates in a public execution of Lady MacDuff and her children, burned alive before a shocked Lady Macbeth.

She usually portrayed as poison in Macbeth’s veins overruled this by scorpions that the husband himself cultivated in his brain. The scene is interesting because it attracts a new interpretation of the power game between the spouses. Maybe it was not Macbeth reluctantly lured by the wife to murder the king. Perhaps it was he who made her say those fateful words, and thus bear the moral blame for the consequences.

The director Justin Kurzel push the wedges in the drama by placing equal emphasis on facial expressions and body language as in Shakespeare’s dialogue . This is evident not only in the game between Fassbender and Cotillard, the film hubs, but in all the performances down to the smallest children. In the pictorial narrative is Kurzel however shaky, as in actionklichén with slow motion footage during the initial battle. Mainly, however, Regin tight, and mirrors happy characters in the landscape, a harsh and cold wasteland. Only the circle of blood revenge gets the big screen to glimpse for in a warm red color.

The film ends precisely in red. With a picture of Banquos young son Fleance (Lochlann Harris) who takes up Macbeth’s fallen sword and disappears into the battlefield blood-colored mist. A new contender for power. Steeped in hatred and violence.


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