Denzel Washington stars as the titular Scot who, under the suggestion of three mysterious witches, plots his ascension to the throne with the aid of his ambitious wife (Frances McDormand) in director Joel Coen’s visually stunning adaptation of William Shakespeare’s story of power, violence, and guilt. Featuring an incredible supporting cast to bolster the rip-roaring lead performances, brutalist sets, and outstanding expressionistic black and white cinematography, this grounded retelling is simultaneously reverential towards its cinematic forebears while also proving a fiercely contemporary reconsideration of the tale.
“Joel Coen's triumphant film of Shakespeare's tragedy astounds on every level, with Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand, two acting titans, playing an aging couple taking their last shot at murderous ambition. You can't take your eyes off them.” —Peter Travers, ABC News
“Stark but utterly compelling, this chilling take on Macbeth is a visually stunning tour de force. It’s as good as you’d expect from this cast and crew, which is saying something.” —Helen O’Hara, Empire
“Phenomenally dark and wicked, Coen's THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH is the most worthy adaptation of a Shakespearean work that has been seen on screen in years.” —Aramide A. Tinubu, Shadow and Act
“It's stage-bound in all the right ways, reminiscent of a much earlier cinema, when filmmakers barely stepped outdoors and wielded magic with shadow and light on soundstages. It's short, sharp and savage.” —Dave Calhoun, Time Out
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