Thursday, May 5, 2016
MACBETH(with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard) is Muck-Death
This overblown movie cannot make up its mind. It tries to be art film, fashion statement, Hollywood spectacle, faithful adaptation, free-flowing visual feast, etc. It is at once too faithful and too licentious. The result is a confused mess. It has some impressive cinematography, but the images do not rise about chicness, prettiness, and obviousness.
The general rule for film-makers should be, If you don't have a clear idea(or ample talent), just stick to the spirit and substance of the material. Don't bet on lots of gratuitous style and razzle-dazzle making up for lack of focus and vision. A lot of talent went into this production, but it went to waste in the hands of a hack trying to be an auteur. Justin Kurzel is to art film what J.J. Abrams is to the blockbuster. Mere shadows of real talents.